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Description for Blue Cohosh
Caulophyllum thalictroides, blue cohosh a species of Caulophyllum, also called squaw root or papoose root, is a flowering plant in the Berberidaceae family.
It is a medium-tall perennial with blue berry-like fruits and bluish-green foliage.
Planting and care
Blue Cohosh and other Caulophyllum plants should be grown outdoors. Plant the roots at a depth of 2.5cm into a moist, wood soil of pH 4.5 to 7
They should be spaced at about 30 to 40cm apart and grown in shady areas.
Caring for Blue Cohosh
- Needs consistently moist soils that do not dry out.
- Plants may be grown from seed, but usually will not flower until the third or fourth year.
- Can spread very slowly by rhizomes over time to form colonies.
Typical uses of Blue Cohosh
Special features: No serious insect or disease problems.
Culinary use: na
Medicinal use: The root is used to make medicine. Blue cohosh is used for stimulating the uterus and starting labor; starting menstruation; stopping muscle spasms; as a laxative; and for treating colic, sore throat, cramps, hiccups, epilepsy, hysterics, inflammation of the uterus, and joint conditions.
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