Black CohoshActaea racemosa 6-10' tall. Also known as Black Snakeroot or Fairy Candles; formerly known as Cimicifuga racemosa
This North American native provides the ultimate backdrop for the lightly shaded woodland garden. From late July into August, long arching racemes of creamy white and gold serpentine flower spikes soar 6-10' over a 3-4' mound of fine-textured green compound foliage. Diuretic and anti-inflammatory. Anti-spasmodic for cramps, pains, cramped nerves and emotions, included in many premenstrual and perimenopausal formulas. Roots contain salicylic acid. Pregnant women avoid.
Prefers part shade, but tolerates full sun in deep moist soil. Grows well in wet spots. Develops large clumps of rootstock so give it room to spread. Plant 3' apart in rich moist soil, part sun, part shade. Our stock is sustainably grown by Joanna Linden at Shooting Star Farm in Canaan. Z3. Maine Grown. (bare-root crowns)
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