Black Cohosh (Actaea racemosa) Black Bugbane Fairy Candle Flowering Woodland Herb
Black cohosh, also known as black bugbane, black snakeroot, rattle-top, or fairy candle, is a species of flowering plant of the family Ranunculaceae. Black Cohosh (Cimicifuga racemosa) has now been absorbed into the Genus Actaea (Actaea racemosa). Native to eastern North America from the extreme south of Ontario to central Georgia, and west to Missouri and Arkansas and is popular for its insect repelling scent.
Highly attractive and architectural perennial with decorative green leaves and long spikes of fragrant frothy creamy white flowers; Black Cohosh is a great addition to woodland gardens, shaded flower beds, cottage gardens and naturalized areas.
Black cohosh, has been traditionally used to mitigate menopausal symptoms such as hot flashes, night sweats, sleep disturbances, vertigo, nervousness, mood swings, and vaginal dryness associated with postmenopausal females, and muscle and joint pain associated with the rheumatoid condition.
- Part sun to shade
- Moist Soil
- Start seeds indoors in the fall. Plant the seeds no deeper than 1/8 in deep. Cover with a light layer of soil. Expose seeds to 21C/ 70°F for two weeks, then 4C /40°F for three months. In the spring, when the second set of leaves appears, transplant outdoors.
- OR sow outdoors in the fall and protect from drying winds and sunlight. TIP: Water well if planting in spring, water lightly if planting in fall.
- Seed count: 10