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Actaea elata

Actaea elata (Nutt.) Prantl

Tall Bugbane

Ranunculaceae (Buttercup Family)

Synonym(s): Cimicifuga elata

USDA Symbol: ACEL4

USDA Native Status: L48 (N), CAN (N)

Listed as an endangered species. Found in scattered sites in the Chilliwack valley in B.C.


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb
Fruit Type: Follicle
Size Notes: Up to about 6 feet tall.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: White , Pink
Bloom Time: Jun , Jul , Aug
Bloom Notes: White or pinkish.


Canada: BC
Native Habitat: Woodland

Growing Conditions

Light Requirement: Part Shade , Shade
Soil Moisture: Moist


Conspicuous Flowers: yes
Poisonous: yes

Web Reference

Webref 62 - Burke Herbarium Image Collection (2020) University of Washington
Webref 38 - Flora of North America (2019) Missouri Botanical Garden, St. Louis, MO & Harvard University Herbaria, Cambridge, MA.
Webref 23 - Southwest Environmental Information Network (2009) SEINet - Arizona Chapter

Additional resources

USDA: Find Actaea elata in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Actaea elata in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Actaea elata


Record Modified: 2023-05-03
Research By: TWC Staff

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