Ranunculaceae
Cimicifuga elata

Tall Bugbane

Upright. Stems long, with fine hairs and glands. Leaves large, divided into 3 sections, each shallowly divided, sharply pointed, maple-like. Flower stems 2–3 ft., topped with long thin flower head of white to pale pink flowers. Flowers with small sepals that quickly fall; numerous long white stamens form a conspicuous, long, bottlebrush-looking flower head. Grows in moist shady woods at lower elevations. Elata means "tall."

  • Rarity: Uncommon
  • Flowering Time: Early Summer
  • Life Cycle: Perennial
  • Height: 3--7 feet
  • Habitat: West-Side Forest
  • Found In: Olympic NP, West Gorge
  • Native: Yes