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This tall native will form spectacular colonies in your woodland with soaring white candles of flowers. (Cimicifuga racemosa)

Zones 3 - 8
Advantages
Deer Resistant
Deer Resistant
Native
Native
Light Requirements
Half Sun / Half Shade
Half Sun / Half Shade
Full Shade
Full Shade
Mature Plant Size 48-96" tall , 24-48" wide
Bloom Time Early to mid summer
SKU 1CIM3
Also called American Bugbane and sometimes Black Snakeroot, this wild perennial is more popular with gardeners all the time. Its tall, so best in the background, where its towers of flowers (up to 8 ft.) will light up the woods.

Black Cohosh likes wet woods, thickets, and is native all the way from Eastern Canada into Georgia.

By the way, this is one native that has recently been reclassified. Most still call it Cimicifuga racemosa, but the official botanical name is now Actaea racemosa.

Associated SKUs
1CIMG
1FCIM3 (Bag of 3) - Out of stock.
1CIM3 (Bag of 3)
Common Name Black Cohosh or American Bugbane
Botanical Name Actaea racemosa or Cimicifuga racemosa
Zones 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
Light Requirements Half Sun / Half Shade, Full Shade
Flower Color White
Mature Height 48-96" tall
Estimated Mature Spread 24-48" wide
Bloom Time Early to mid summer
Planting Depth Plant so that the top of the root is 1" below the soil line.
Ships As Bare Root
Native Yes
Planting Time Spring / Summer
Soil Type Loamy Soil, Moist/Wet Soil
Soil Moisture Average, Moist/Wet
Advantages Deer Resistant, Native
Neonicotinoid-Free Yes - Learn More
Ships to Hawaii, Alaska & Canada No

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3.0

time will tell

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from Buffalo Grove IL

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        Comments about American Meadows Black Cohosh:

        planted 3. I think 2 grew, but it could be all 3. Foliage is very similar to astilbe, of which I have many. I staked the location, so I am fairly sure it is the cohosh there. Hopefully by next year they will be taller and I can be sure.

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        4.0

        only one of three came up--but a beauty

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        from suburban Philadelphia

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        Comments about American Meadows Black Cohosh:

        Two out of three of these never came up. THe third came up the first year, but didn't show flower until second year--but what a treat! I'll have to call on AM's guarantee to get the other two replaced, because it's worth trying again and that one would look super if it was in a group.

         
        1.0

        Very disappointed

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        from Partlow, VA

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              Comments about American Meadows Black Cohosh:

              I waited patiently but the black cohosh failed to grow. Was a huge disappointment

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              1.0

              Very disappointed!!!!

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              from Partlow, VA

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                • Never grew
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                  Comments about American Meadows Black Cohosh:

                  I was really counting on the black cohosh and am so disappointed. I planted exactly by "the book". Maybe it was a bad batch or something but I surely am not willing to take a chance again. My money is too tight!

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                  1.0

                  To warm and dry for this roots???

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                  from Plainfield IL

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                  Comments about American Meadows Black Cohosh:

                  I was not successful with these roots. None of them had taken. However, in Illinois is has been extremely hot and dry so I have ordered another package of these to try again in the cooler temps.

                   
                  1.0

                  Did not come up

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                  from RI

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                  Comments about American Meadows Black Cohosh:

                  I got a pack of 3 of these, and none of them came up.

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                  1.0

                  Planted this cohosh this spring.

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                  from pike county pa

                  Comments about American Meadows Black Cohosh:

                  Planted this cohosh with my other native plants this spring. The plant did nothing this summer.

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