Plant Care Bugbane


Also known as

Actaea cimicifuga simplex, Actaea simplex, Actaea yesoensis, Actaea yezoensis, Cimicifuga cimicifuga intermedia, Cimicifuga dahurica candollei, Cimicifuga dahurica tschonoskii, Cimicifuga foetida hermaphrodita, Cimicifuga foetida intermedia, Cimicifuga foetida laciniata, Cimicifuga foetida mascula, Cimicifuga foetida matsumurai, Cimicifuga foetida purpurea, Cimicifuga foetida simplex, Cimicifuga foetida tschonoskii, Cimicifuga simplex, Cimicifuga simplex intermedia, Cimicifuga simplex matsumurai, Cimicifuga simplex ramosa, Cimicifuga simplex shikokiana, Cimicifuga simplex tschonoskii, Cimicifuga simplex villosa, Cimicifuga simplex yezoensis, Cimicifuga taquetii, Cimicifuga ussuriensis, Cimicifuga yesoensis and Cimicifuga yezoensis


Actaea simplex

How to care for Bugbane

💦 Water

How often to water your Bugbane

Water needs for Bugbane
0.5 cups
every 9

Bugbane needs 0.5 cups of water every 9 when it doesn’t get direct sunlight and is potted in a 5" pot.

Use our water calculator to personalize watering recommendations to your environment or download Greg for more advanced recommendations for all of your plants.

Water 0.5 cups every

Does your plant get direct sunlight?

Select the pot size

☀️ Light

Finding light for Bugbane in your home

Light needs and placement for plant Bugbane: 1ft from a window
1ft or less from
a window

Bugbane love being close to bright, sunny windows 😎.

Place it less than 1ft from a south-facing window to maximize the potential for growth.

Bugbane does not tolerate low-light 🚫.

Select your region to see how the current weather in your area affects the placement of Bugbane in your home 🏡.

🪴 Nutrients

How to fertilize Bugbane

Nutrient, fertilizer, and repotting needs for Bugbane: repot after 2X growth

Most potting soils come with ample nutrients which plants use to produce new growth.

By the time your plant has depleted the nutrients in its soil it’s likely grown enough to need a larger pot anyway.

To replenish this plant's nutrients, repot your Bugbane after it doubles in size or once a year—whichever comes first.

💡 FAQs
☀️ Sunlight Needs

Bugbane requires abundant, bright and direct light. Place it less than one foot from a window to ensure it receives enough light to survive 💪. Select your region to see how the current weather in your area affects the placement in your home 🏡.

🐶 🐈 👶 Toxicity

Greg does not have confirmed data on this plant’s toxicity. If you, a family member, or a pet consumes plant material of unknown toxicity, it’s always best to consult a medical professional.

If you or someone else ingested this plant, call Poison Control at US (800) 222-1222. If a pet consumed this plant, contact your veterinarian or the ASPCA at US (888) 426-4435.

🪴 Soil

Bugbane does best in well-draining soil. A good soil will contain lots of organic matter such as coco coir as well as perlite or vermiculite to help with drainage. Adding a handful of perlite to regular store-bought potting soil should do the trick!

💩 Fertilizer

Bugbane grows very slowly and doesn’t require added fertilizer. Replacing your plant’s potting soil once a year should provide them with more than enough nutrition. Remember, plants get their energy from sunlight, not fertilizer!

🧐 Troubleshooting

When troubleshooting a sad-looking houseplant, start by checking for signs of distress in its leaves, such as yellowing, browning, or drooping, which can indicate overwatering or nutrient deficiencies.

Inspect the soil moisture; too dry or too wet soil can cause problems.

Ensure the plant is getting the right amount of light, as too much or too little can stress it.

Finally, consider environmental factors like temperature and humidity, and adjust care routines accordingly to revive your plant.

Care Summary for Bugbane


Greg recommends:


0.5 cups every 9 days


< 1ft from a window


Repot after 2x growth

Based on the 4” pot your plant is in, and that it doesn’t get direct sunlight.

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