Cohosh comes from an Algonquin word meaning rough in reference to the appearance of plant rhizomes.


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About Blackcohosh

Actaea racemosa, commonly called black cohosh, is an upright, Missouri native perennial which occurs in rocky woods in the Ozark region of the State. It typically grows to a total height (foliage plus flowering spikes) of 4-6 inch, but under optimum conditions can reach 8 inch.

Small, numerous, creamy white, fragrant flowers appear in late summer to early fall in long, terminal racemes resembling fluffy spires (typically 1-2 inch long) rising well above the foliage on wiry stems.

Plant Specifications

*above specification are indicative only. actual dimensions may vary by +-10%
Common Name black cohosh
Maximum Reachable Height 4.00 to 6.00 feet
Flower Colour green
Bloom Time June to July
Difficulty Level easy to grow

Planting and care

  • In order to plant black cohosh in the home garden, either purchase seeds from a reputable nursery or collect your own.
  • To collect seeds, do so in the fall when the seeds are mature and have dried out in their capsules they will have started to split open and when shaken make a rattling sound.
  • Sow these seeds immediately.

    Blackcohosh care

    Easily grown in average, medium moisture soils in part shade to full shade. Prefers humusy, organically rich, moisture-retentive soils.

    Sunlight Part shade to full shade
    Watering Medium
    Soil medium moisture soils
    Temperature 70 degrees F
    Fertilizer Apply any organic fertilizer

    Blackcohosh special feature

    Adds architectural height and late summer bloom to a shaded part of the border or shade garden.

    Blackcohosh uses

    Medicinal Use:

    • Black Cohosh has been used by Native Americans for more than two hundred years, after they discovered the root of the plant helped relieve menstrual cramps and symptoms of menopause

    Culinary Use:

    • Black Cohosh as an a herb for herbal remedies and health benefits, plus culinary uses

  • Frequently Asked Questions

    What is another name for a Blackcohosh ?

    Blackcohosh is commonly known as black cohosh

    How tall do Blackcohosh grow?

    On average Blackcohosh grows 4.00 to 6.00 feet

    What color are Blackcohosh ?

    A Blackcohosh plant bears flowers of color green

    When Blackcohosh blooms?

    With enough light, Blackcohosh may produce green flowers in June to July

    How hard is Blackcohosh to grow?

    A Blackcohosh is easy to grow

    How much sunlight does a Blackcohosh need?

    A Blackcohosh prefers Part shade to full shade

    How much water does a Blackcohosh need?

    A Blackcohosh prefers watering Medium

    What kind of soil does a Blackcohosh need?

    A Blackcohosh prefers medium moisture soils

    What temperature does a Blackcohosh like?

    A Blackcohosh prefers 70 degrees F

    How often should I fertilize my Blackcohosh ?

    To encourage Blackcohosh growth, Apply any organic fertilizer


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