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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

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Cohosh Plant Benefits

The Homeopathic Uses of Both Black and Blue Cohosh

Blue Cohosh
The herb known to the public as Blue Cohosh for years has been used for female gynecological issues. The plant that the herb has also been known to be given the name Squaw Root and is part of the group of plant life called the Caulophyllum thalictroides.The plant has vibrant green leaves that form a sort of Tulip like shape. In the center of these leaves are a bunch of small flowers. These flowers tend to vary in color from being bright yellow to green. The blossoms of the plant tend to grow mostly in Spring. The mature height of this perennial plant can get as high as 32 inches in height. However, the coveted fruit which the plant creates which resembles that of a rich dark blueberry isn't ripe till September. It is this fruit that is cultivated for medicinal purposes.

The Blue Cohosh plant grows primarily in the eastern region of the United States mostly in the hardwood forest areas. It is usually found growing in fertile soil. The plant seems to grow most heartily in hillside areas and coves. The plant also seems to strive in shaded areas where it's not hit by direct sunlight.The cohosh plant has been used for women's health issues for many years. Some say that it was first discovered by Native Americans who used in for contraception, then passed on their knowledge of the plant to early Pilgrims that colonized early America. Cohosh is no longer recommended for contraception because it does not effectively prevent conception though. A fetus can still begin to develop, but the chances of miscarrying it increase. However, the plant can be used for women who are pregnant in some other ways though.

The way that cohosh is used depends on its variety. One type is called black cohosh, and the other is called blue cohosh. Though they are two separate species, they work in conjunction with each other very well. Some herbalists also combine them with penny-royal, which is a highly aromatic mint. Blue cohosh is an herb best suited to women who have not yet reached menopause. It tones the uterus and eases menstrual cramps. It is also useful for endometriosis and cervical dysplasia that affect the ability of a woman to conceive a child. Black cohosh acts similarly to estrogen supplements, so it is recommended for women who are struggling with the symptoms of menopause. It alleviates hot flashes and mood swings very efficiently. Sometimes, both kinds of cohosh are used simultaneously in the last week of pregnancy to strengthen the uterus, so giving birth to the baby will be less painful.With any herbal remedy, caution should be used when combining them with other types of herbs or medications. Cohosh should not be taken if a woman is already using prescription strength estrogen supplements because it could increase the estrogen in the body too much. Also, cohosh should not be taken if a woman is breastfeeding because it could affect her supply of milk. It is also not recommended for a woman who has not reached at least 40 weeks of pregnancy because it could cause premature labor.

Cohosh-Actaea racemosa
The Cohosh plant is native to eastern North America. It is a flowering plant that is a great addition to any landscape area, it does well in zones 3,5,6,7, and 8. The white flowers that look like candles are beautiful and will bloom in June and sometimes even late September. The species will grow to 4 feet upwards to 6 feet vertical, has a dark green foliage that lasts the whole growing season, and needs partial shade. If you have a shade garden this would be a great pick for your area. This is a woodland type of plant the soil needs to be sand, loam, or clay type since it is indigenous to woodlands it does like rich soils. The species is somewhat drought tolerant as well however the soil needs to be kept a medium moist. 
One great point is that Cohosh is an insect repellent, insects find the odor not very accommodating and do not linger. The Spring Azure butterfly however finds the flowers as a source of nectar and who doesn't like watching beautiful butterflies? With its dark foliage and white candle flowers that bellow in the breeze it goes great against a darker background and is very easy to maintain.

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