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Tall bugbane

Actaea elata


Long flower spikes growing from a low shrub amongst thick ground cover under a forest of fir, hemlock, maple, and alder.


Pacific Northwest mixed forest.


Found along the hiking trail on Mt Thom, Chilliwack, BC. There were approximately 15 of these plants along several miles of trail.

3 Species ID Suggestions

J-Lynn 12 years ago
Tiarella sp.

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paconline 5 years ago

Hi Jean

I'm giving the BC Conservation Data Centre a hand mapping rare plant species in BC. We would like to map your Tall Bugbane and Phantom Orchid observation and archive it in the provincial database. Would you be able to contact me or provide me with your observation details and locations so we can map them accurately? Sincerely, Paul Chytyk, Victoria, BC. email:

JeanSawatzky 11 years ago

Have changed the name from Cimicifuga elata to Actaea elata to reflect new information.

Behn 12 years ago

Lucky spotting Jean, this plant is quite rare down here in Washington.

JeanSawatzky 12 years ago

Hi everyone,
Thanks for all the help in tracking down an ID for this spotting.

Behn 12 years ago

This will be a better pic of the leaves for ya.

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Chilliwack, British Columbia, Canada

Spotted on Jul 27, 2011
Submitted on Aug 28, 2011

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