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Black Cohosh - Actaea racemosa
Black Cohosh is a very popular 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 often created in an essential oil or ointment and can also be used as an astringent to clean areas on the skin. It can also be created into 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. This plant will grow best when it is planted in climate growth zones five through nine and will grow to be between four and eight feet tall when it reaches maturity. This plant will require an environment that is either partially shaded or fully shaded. Moist but well-drained soils will provide the best growing conditions for this particular plant. During the months of April and all the way into June, this plant will have stalks that shoot up with beautiful yet subtle flowers at the top. These feathery 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 even help with menopause symptoms! This plant is fairly 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 just adds to the reasons that this should be included in any landscape.
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