Magnify glass

Sambucus nigra f. porphyrophylla Black Lace


Lacy dark purple foliage and masses of pink flower clusters

A well named variety with beautiful finger-like, lacy leaves of deep purple on rounded, slow growing shrub. Flat clusters of pink flowers in May make a pleasing contrast. The flowers are very attractive to bees. Lovely when placed behind golden leaved plants in a cool, partly shaded border.


Happiest in moist or wet soil in sun or part shade or large patio pot.


Water in dry weather until established. To keep Black Lace within the desired space and for the best leaves, cut back hard to a framework of branches every other year in early spring.

Plant details

In depth plant information

Property Value
Plant type Ornamental shrub
Flower colour
Foliage colour
Typically available April - September
Season of interest Summer
Flowering June - August
Evergreen No
Plant height 625 cm - 800 cm
Plant width 330 cm - 400 cm
Fragrant flowers Yes
Attracts bees Yes
Attracts butterflies No
Plant height in 5 years 240 cm
Hardiness zone (?) H4

Will perform best in these conditions

Property Value
Soil type Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand
Light exposure Full sun, Part shade
Soil drainage Well drained, Medium
Planting instructions

Water the plant in its pot thoroughly before planting – give it a good soaking. Prepare the area by digging a hole twice the size of the pot. Dig compost into the base of the hole. Remove the pot and position the plant in the hole, with the top of the rootball about level with the surrounding soil. Refill the planting hole with a mixture of garden soil and compost, firming as you go. Water in well and keep well watered during the plant's first year.

Planting site Wildlife garden, Coastal or drought resistant

Typically available

From April to September