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Cimicifuga racemosa (Black Cohosh or Snakeroot)



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NF180 Cimicifuga racemosa (Black Cohosh or Snakeroot) out of stock $0.00

Plant Details +

Size #1
Height 5-8'
Spacing 12-18"
Hardiness Zones 4-9
Exposure Part shade to full shade
Foliage Green
Flower White Fluffy Spires
Bloomtime June-Sept

General Information +

Botanical: Cimicifuga racemosa (now known as Actaea)

Common: Blackberry Lily

Family: Ranunculaceae

General Characteristics: Black cohosh is an upright perennial which occurs in rocky woods. It typically grows to a total height (foliage plus flowering spikes) of 4-6', but under optimum conditions can reach 8'. Small, numerous, creamy white, fragrant flowers appear in late summer to early fall in long, terminal racemes resembling fluffy spires (typically 1-2' long) rising well above the foliage on wiry stems. Astilbe-like, deeply cut foliage is an attractive deep green. This species has many medicinal uses. Traditionally, a tincture of the plant was used for bronchitis, chorea, fevers, rheumatism, snakebites, and many other ailments. Modern medicine has found the plant useful for strengthening female reproductive organs in lab rats. The plant has also shown anti-inflammatory properties. Foliage generally does not need staking, but taller flower spires may need some support. Flower spires tend to bend toward bright light, particularly when plants are grown in substantial shade. Leaf margins may brown up (scorch) and growth may slow down if soils are not kept consistently moist.

Planting/Care Instructions +

Pests or Diseases: No serious insect or disease problems. Rust and leaf spot are occasional problems.

Planting Instructions: Dig a hole large enough to hold the roots. If any roots seem tightly bound, loosen before planting. Fill the hole with water and position the plant so the crown (where the roots meet the stem) is just slightly below the soil line. Fill the hole with soil and water again. Easily grown in average, medium moisture soils in part shade to full shade. Prefers humusy, organically rich, moisture-retentive soils. Foliage tends to scorch and otherwise depreciate if soils are allowed to dry out. Best sited in locations sheltered from strong winds.