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Actaea racemosa

Black Cohosh

  • »  Beautiful white blossoms appear in June
  • »  Low maintenance
  • »  This fragrant flower will brighten up your garden and add height to a display

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Actaea racemosa, commonly called black cohosh, adds architectural height and late summer bloom to a shaded part of the border or shade garden. Also effective in woodland gardens, cottage gardens and naturalized areas. Best in groups, although single plants have good specimen value once established. White flower spires are generally more demonstrative in front of darker backgrounds. Deep green foliage provides excellent texture and color to the landscape throughout the growing season.

Border or Bed
Foliage Color
Dark Green
Maintenance and Care
Low Maintenance
Critter Resistance
Rabbit Resistant
Flower Color
Full Sun
Partial Sun
Partial Shade
Soil Moisture
Average Water
Growing & Maintenance Tips for Actaea racemosa

Easily grown in average, medium moisture soils in part shade to full shade. Prefers humusy, organically rich, moisture-retentive soils. Foliage tends to scorch and otherwise depreciate if soils are allowed to dry out. Best sited in locations sheltered from strong winds. This is a slow-to-establish plant.