Black Cohosh (Cimicifuga racemosa)
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|Common Name||Black Cohosh, black bugbane, black snakeroot, fairy candle|
|Latin Name||Cimicifuga racemosa|
"black cohosh before the flower stalks"
Black cohosh is a smooth (glabrous) herbaceous perennial plant that produces large, compound leaves from an underground rhizome, reaching a height of 25–60 centimetres (9.8–24 in). It bears tall tapering racemes of white midsummer flowers on wiry black-purple stems.
The flowers are produced in late spring and early summer on a tall stem, 75–250 centimetres (30–98 in) tall, forming racemes up to 50 centimetres (20 in) long. The flowers consist of tight clusters of 55-110 white, 5–10 mm long stamens surrounding a white stigma.
It grows in a variety of woodland habitats, and is often found in small woodland openings. A. racemosa grows in dependably moist, fairly heavy soil.
Common -- Native
- Scent: The flowers have a distinctly sweet, fetid smell that attracts flies, gnats, and beetles. Could be used to attract beetles for the cleaning of bones from corpses.
- Sore throats, kidney problems, and depression
- The roots and rhizomes have long been used medicinally by Native Americans. Extracts from these plant materials are thought to possess analgesic, sedative, and anti-inflammatory properties. Today, black cohosh preparations (tinctures or tablets of dried materials) are used mainly to treat symptoms associated with menopause.
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