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Actaea podocarpa (Mountain bugbane)
Cressler, Alan

Actaea podocarpa

Actaea podocarpa DC.

Mountain Bugbane

Ranunculaceae (Buttercup Family)

Synonym(s): Actaea cordifolia, Cimicifuga americana, Cimicifuga cordifolia, Cimicifuga racemosa var. cordifolia

USDA Symbol: ACPO11

USDA Native Status: L48 (N)


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb
Leaf Shape: Oblong , Ovate
Leaf Pubescence: Glabrous
Leaf Margin: Dentate , Serrate
Leaf Apex: Acuminate , Acute
Leaf Base: Cordate , Cuneate
Inflorescence: Panicle
Fruit Type: Follicle
Size Notes: Up to about 8 feet tall.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: White , Red , Yellow , Green
Bloom Time: Aug , Sep , Oct


USA: GA , IL , KY , MD , NC , PA , SC , TN , VA , WV

Growing Conditions

Water Use: Medium
Light Requirement: Part Shade , Shade

National Wetland Indicator Status

Status: FACU
This information is derived from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers National Wetland Plant List, Version 3.1 (Lichvar, R.W. 2013. The National Wetland Plant List: 2013 wetland ratings. Phytoneuron 2013-49: 1-241). Click here for map of regions.

From the National Organizations Directory

According to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is on display at the following locations:

Mt. Cuba Center - Hockessin, DE


Bibref 1620 - Gardening with Native Plants of the South (Reprint Edition) (2009) Wasowski, S. with A. Wasowski

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Web Reference

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


Record Modified: 2023-05-03
Research By: SET

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