Actaea racemosa (Black cohosh)


Type: Forb
Area: Woodland
Height: 7′
Bloom Months: May, June, July, August, September
Color: White
Sun: Partial, Shade
Moisture: Medium Wet, Medium
Soil: Clay, Loam, Sand
Host: larval host for the Spring Azure butterfly

Photo credit: Possibility Place and Prairie Moon Nursery

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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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