It is mid-July and the Actaea (Cimicifuga) Racemosa are blooming. The Purpurea highlighted last September and November won’t start blooming for a while yet. The Actaea pictured above has a dried flowhead from last year hanging amidst this season’s bottlebrushes of blooms and buds.
Most of the Actaea’s flower stalks fall to the ground when winter comes. Those that don’t, add interest standing above the snow. At four-to-six feet off the ground, even the 80 inches of snow we had this last year didn’t bury them.
Below is an image of one of the Purpurea’s dried blooms taken in early May.