Description from Prairie Moon Nursery: Slow to establish from seed, it’s best to buy a few roots to get this great savanna/woodland plant naturalized. Its large size allows it to fill in shade areas later in the summer when showy spring ephemerals have gone dormant. The white candelabra-shaped flowers emit a foul smell which is said to repel many bugs, thus the alternate name ‘Bugbane’. But it is a favorite of many native bees, largely bumblebees, and is a larval host for the Spring Azure butterfly.
The attractive leaves are deep green, and the whole plant is generally deer/rabbit resistant. Easy to maintain, Black Cohosh enjoys richer soils typical of woodlands but can tolerate periods of dryness.
Also referred to as Bugbane or Black Snakeroot and Actaea racemosa.
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