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Sambucus nigra 'Black Lace' (Elder, 'Black Lace') Herb Plant


Some Herbs may be too tall for our standard packaging and will be trimmed to fit. This will not be detrimental to the plant but will mean that these herbs will flower later in the year.

The Blister packs used to protect our beautiful herbs during transit are made from 100% recycled plastic and can be recycled kerbside.

Elder, 'Black Lace' (Sambucus nigra 'Black Lace') Herb in 2 litre Pot 

The elder, or Sambucus nigra is a beautiful deciduous shrub which can grow to 10m tall. A native to Britain and Europe, the Sambucus nigra or common elder will flourish in a British climate and can be found in many a hedgerow.

This hardy black leaved variety will add a touch of glamour to the garden with its distinctive fine-leaved purple foliage and flat white flower heads in early summer, followed by dark purple berries in the autumn. 

Preferring well-drained, humus rich soil, elder will do well in sun or partial shade, and will need to be cut back in late autumn to prevent it from becoming too dominant in a garden setting.

Herb Usage

The flowers and berries of the native elder can be harvested before they fade and used in cooking: use the flowers to make Elderflower cordial or add flowers to gooseberries , fritters and sorbets to add flavour. The berries are added to blackberry jam or made into a syrup for treating colds. They can also be made into a wine. This Black version is really better suited as an ornamental plant, and the native elderflowers and berries are best foraged for cooking. 

CAUTION: All parts of the fresh plant are toxic and flowers and berries can only be used once cooked.

Buy Elder 'Black Lace' Online

Our Elder 'Black Lace' herb plants are generally available to buy online between March and September.

Sambucus nigra 'Black Lace' (Elder, 'Black Lace') Herb Plant
Aspect/Site Full sun/Partial shade
Soil Type Moist well-drained soil
Flower Colour Pink
Height 150cm
Spread 100cm
Latin Name Sambucus nigra ' Black Lace'
Hardiness RHS rating H4 - Hardy average winter
Culinary Dessert/Drinks
Scented None
Medicinal/Cosmetic None
Flowering/Harvest/Interest Autumn
Special Features Architectural
Type of Garden Cottage/Informal
  • 5
    Sambucas x3

    Posted by Cynthia Turner on 1st May 2021

    Beautiful plants!well packaged !best ever.Would buy again.

  • 5
    Sambucas Plant

    Posted by Yvonne Bird on 26th May 2020

    Lovely quality, quick delivery and really great value. All in all would definitely order from you again. Well done!

  • 5
    Lovely plant

    Posted by Lesley Jones on 26th May 2020

    Arrived in great condition, well packaged. Thriving now.

  • 5

    Posted by Unknown on 21st Aug 2019

    Arrived very promptly and in very good condition.

  • 5
    Great plants

    Posted by Caroline Rogers on 20th Jun 2019

    Plants arrived swiftly and in great condition, so pleased, planted and thriving