Black Leaved Snake Root


Preferring partial shade, the Black Leaved Snake Root is a rather dramatic addition to most gardens. From root to bloom this entire plant, other than its flowers, is a dark, ruddy purple that truly looks like shadow coalesced into form. Topped with feathery fronds of cloud-like white flowers, the contrast will catch your breath. Native to swampy areas on the east coast keep the soil for your snake root moist and keep it out of direct sunlight. Highly prunable, trim off any flowers once they’ve spent their petals to stimulate new growth, and keep cutting down any damaged or fading leaves. Every 3 to 4 years, as the root ball grows and grows, divide the plant in two and separate them. Use this to propagate through your property, or to make some good gifts for your fellow gardeners.

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