Black Cohosh Plant
- Black Cohosh-Actaea racemosa Hardy Planting Zones- 3-8 Sun or Shade – Partial Shade Mature Height - 5-8' Mature Width- 2-4' Bloom Season – Summer Gardener Status- Beginner
Black Cohosh - Actaea racemosa
Black Cohosh - Actaea racemosa. Also called black bugbane and fairy candle, black cohosh is flowering, a perennial plant capable of growing up to two feet tall. It produces large leaves, and flowers appear on the plant in late spring and early summer. The flowers have no petals. Instead, they appear as clusters.
Black cohosh is a native, North American plant, growing from southern Ontario to central Georgia and as far west as Missouri. The plant prefers to build in woodland areas.
Just like blue cohosh, black cohosh has a long history as a medicinal herb used by the Native Americans as a sedative and to treat inflammation.
common ingredient for medicinal purposes. The roots of this plant can often be used to help with lupus, menopause, PMS and also help balance female hormones. It is usually created in essential oil or ointment and can also be used as an astringent to clean areas on the skin. It can also be designed with a tea that can help with coughing. Black Cohosh is a lovely member of the buttercup and daffodil family. It is also known as Actaea Racemosa and is a native plant to Eastern North America. Moist but well-drained soils will provide the best growing conditions for this particular plant. During April and all the way into June, this plant will have stalks that shoot up with beautiful yet subtle flowers at the top. These light white colored blooms are just the thing to make a garden even more beautiful and vibrant. Throughout history, this plant has been known for more than just its beauty. In the early days, it was used by women as a contraceptive and even to help with endometriosis and cervical dysplasia. It will also help with menopause symptoms! This plant is relatively low maintenance and will not require a whole lot of attention during the year. It is a perennial and is quite popular due to its long flowering season as well as its unique appearance. In the wild, it is commonly found alongside other plants such as ginseng, bloodroot or trillium. The foliage on this plant will be bushy and full looking which adds to the reasons that this should be included in any landscape. Black Cohosh