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Black Cohosh Seed

(Cimcifuga racemosa)

Bushy herbaceous perennial with showy racemes of small white flowers held above the foliage. Medicinal: The roots (rhizomes) of mature plants are harvested and tinctured in October. Traditionally used as an emmenagogue (for menopausal and menstrual disorders). Its other actions as an anti-inflammatory, expectorant, and alterative are sometimes overlooked.

Black cohosh seeds need to be stratified for 6 to 8 weeks to overcome dormancy. Complete cultural information is included with shipment.


Flowers:Showy long spikes of small white delicate flowers
Foliage:Terminal thrice-divided leaves with 3-lobed leatlets
Lifecycle:2    (0: N/A, 1: annual, 2: perennial, 3: biennial)
Height:2 feet vegetative and 5 feet when in flower
Diameter:12 to 18
Container Planting:no

Cultural Requirements:

USDA Zones:3 to 8
Soil:Rich, well-drained soil with organic matter
Propagation / Germination:Seeds best sown in late summer or early fall. May be sown at other times when stratified. Complete cultural instructions included with order.
Spacing:12 to 24
Sun:Prefers 1/2 to 3/4 shade or dappled shade
Water:Prefers moist soil but tolerates some dryness

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