Native Plant Database

Header Photo: Mervin Wallace

Black Cohosh

Actaea racemosa
Plant Type: Herbaceous Perennials
Native Environment: Forest
Season of Interest:
Main Color: White
Fall Color: Green
Hardy From Zone: 1
Hardy To Zone: 1

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Hardiness Zones

Midwest map of zones 5 (north), 6, and 7 (south)

as defined by the USDA Plant Hardiness Zone Map; (hardiness zones are not recorded for all Grow Native! plants)
Sun Exposure 
Shade
Soil
Moisture
Moderate
Nature Attracting
Wildlife Benefit
Animal
Resistance
Rabbit Resistant
Size

Height:

5 to
7
feet

Spread:

2 to
3
feet
Size
Height: 5 to
7
feet
Spread: 2 to
3
feet
Size
Height: 5 to
7
feet
Spread: 2 to
3
feet
Typical Landscape Use
A great conversation plant as its stature will not allow it to go unnoticed !
Establishment and Care Instructions
Prefers shade to partial shade, moderate, well drained soil.
Special Features
Special Usage
Fragrant, Fresh Cut Flower
Basic Description

Graceful stems (up to 7′ tall!) hold spires of fragrant, tiny white flowers in early summer over mounds of green leaves that resemble astilbe or ferns. Very showy plant for any shade garden. Also called Black Cohosh or Snakeroot.

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