Blue Cohosh - Caulophyllum Thalictroides
Widely adapted to most of North America, blue cohosh is a tall woodland wildflower that complements shorter species in your landscape. With its distinctive foliage, flowers, and fruit, blue cohosh can provide distinctive and beautiful colors to your landscape all year. Early foliage is a unique blue-green color, followed in April by Y-shaped clusters of flowers in a beautiful yellow.
Blue Cohosh has Deep Blue Berries
These fall by summer to be replaced by the familiar deep blue berries that attract foraging birds to the blue cohosh plant. As the summer sun fades away, the leaves of blue cohosh turn to a bright shade of greenish-gold.
A blue cohosh plant is a perfect addition to any planting of native species. With a mature height of 2' to 4', it can beautifully fill the space between woody ornamentals and smaller wildflowers. The unique range of colors of the blue cohosh plant can tie together a broad palette of other colors from nearby plants, giving your planting an obvious but natural color scheme that will provide beauty all year.
The long-living blue cohosh will stand tall with your trees and shrubs as other plants fade away. As a cousin to the famous Barberry family, it will fit with many other species you probably already have.
In addition to its colorful appearance, blue cohosh also has a colorful past of use as a medicinal herb among Native Americans and pioneers. Its history can be a great conversation piece for visitors to your landscape and add some real character to the planting.
Blue cohosh is a durable and beautiful choice with wide climate tolerance and durability for a natural-looking ornamental project with a broad range of colors to provide distinctive accents and contrasts to other plants. It can provide many years of beauty to anchor any grouping of wildflowers.