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botanical name:
Veratrum nigrum
Veratrum nigrum © Deeproot Plant Base
family:  Melanthiaceae
characteristics: perennial, scented/aromatic
height: 1.20m
width: 0.60m
growth rate: medium
growth habit: clump
leaf colour: green
flower colour: maroon
main season: Summer
poison symbol poisonous or irritant
aspect: full sun, part shade
conditions: moist soil
preferred soil pH: any
minimum temp: -35°C
USDA zone: 4 to 9
Spectacular large pleated leaves. Tall branching spikes of small densely packed maroon-black flowers, which are unpleasantly scented. They are followed by attractive seed heads.

Needs a rich fairly moist soil and prefers some shade. Resents disturbance once established, but long lived.
Can be badly attacked by slugs and snails.

From seed or by division in autumn or early spring.

Shady borders, woodland and wild gardens.

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