Blue Cohosh

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Year Round
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3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
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Partial Sun and Shade
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Blue Cohosh

Blue Cohosh is indigenous to the Midwestern region of the United States. The plant thrives in moist, well-draining soils and forested areas. In the summer months, you can spot the plant by its bright green leaves. Its pale blue berries appear in the fall, and tiny green and yellow flowers blossom in the spring. However, the plants' lush leaves and ground cover qualities are what provide the most value to your landscape. Though the plant is often seen in the wild, it holds a high place in residential gardens where its distinctive leaves bring texture and depth to be bare or hard-to-grow garden areas. Shade gardens, water gardens, and drainage areas are perfect locations for this easy-to-care-for plant.

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Hardy from Zones 3 through 8, this plant can adapt to a wide range of climates. Once planted, cohosh can reach heights up to 3 feet but tends to range closer to 1-foot heights. Unlike other ground cover plants, this moisture-loving flora spreads slowly via its root system. It is easy to manage and slow to spread. It can be planted in containers. If you choose to grow this plant in a container, then be sure to water it frequently and place it in a well-draining container. When properly cared for, the plant is a refreshing site near patios and shaded walkways.

Also known as Caulophyllum thalictroides, it is an easily tamed wildflower that works well in natural, herbal and medicinal gardens. The plant has a rich history on the North American continent. Many Native peoples used the plant for medicinal purposes. Modern scientists have found that it may increase certain hormone levels as people age. Whether you choose to grow the plant for aesthetic reasons or medicinal use, you will see its modest flowers charming, its distinctive leaves soothing and its blue fruit attractive.

Blue cohosh ships bare root.

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