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Eupatorium rugosum 'Chocolate', also known as 'Braunlaub', is a stunning herbaceous perennial that is native to North America. This plant grows to a height of 3-5 feet tall and 2-3 feet wide, and has a clumping growth habit. The leaves are a rich chocolate-brown color, which gives this plant its common name. In late summer to early fall, small white flowers appear in large clusters at the tips of the stems, attracting a variety of pollinators.
This cultivar of Eupatorium rugosum prefers moist, well-drained soil and full sun to partial shade. It is highly tolerant of wet soils and can even thrive in damp areas. This plant is also deer resistant and can attract beneficial insects to your garden, making it a great addition to a pollinator garden or naturalized area.
The dark foliage of 'Chocolate' makes it an excellent accent plant in mixed borders or as a dramatic focal point in a garden bed. It pairs well with other colorful perennials, such as goldenrod, coneflower, and black-eyed Susan. Additionally, the dried flowers of this plant can be used in floral arrangements or as an attractive addition to a fall wreath.
Overall, Eupatorium rugosum 'Chocolate' is a striking and low-maintenance perennial that can add a unique touch of color and texture to any garden or landscape.
Bloom Time July-Aug