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Black cohosh, Bugbane,Snakeroot, Fairy Candles  Actaea racemosa/Cimicifuga racemosa

BOY! This plant has a lot of names! Actaea racemosa is a native woodland perennial with white, somewhat fuzzy flowers in midsummer that wave above astilbe-like, deeply cut foliage. The flowers are either wonderfully scented or unpleasant (apparently smells are in the nose of the beholder-I think its fantastic!) No one can argue about its beauty though. Tall  plant with Large leaves with deeply cut foliage in Dark Green to almost Black depending on variety and large plumes of stately white flowers. Good for late season flowering and part shaded conditions. Best grown in soils that are uniformly moist and shaded for best foliage quality. Long lived, slow growing perennial. A wonderful woodland plant. Fragrant flowers. Reportedly deer and rabbit resistant. Attracts butterflies

Medicinal Uses: Because of it's medicinal properties Cimicifuga is constantly being trialed and can be found in herbal supplements, supposedly reducing bone loss and relieving premenstrual tension, menopause and other gynecological problems. It is not recommended to use this yourself without further study as they are still trialing the plant on its long term effects on the liver.

Height: 3 ft. to 6 ft.
Spread:1 ft. to 3 ft.
Growth Habit: Clumps
Growth Pace:Moderate Grower
Light:Part Shade Only
Moisture: Meduim  Moisture
Characteristics: Native; Showy Flowers
Bloom Time: Summer
Flower Color: White Flower
Uses: Beds and Borders, Waterside