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Plant Details

Actaea racemosa [= Cimicifuga racemosa]

Common Black Cohosh, Early Black Cohosh

Scientific Name:

Actaea racemosa [= Cimicifuga racemosa]

Common Name:

Common Black Cohosh, Early Black Cohosh

Plant Family

Ranunculaceae (Buttercup Family)

Native/Alien:

NC Native

Type:

Herb/Wildflower

Size in Feet:

7 - 8

Light:

Shade, Part-sun

Soil Moisture:

Mesic(*)

Bloom Time:

May - June - July

Bloom Area:

Mountains, Piedmont, scattered along the Coast

Habitat Description:

Rich cove forests, other mesic and moderately to very fertile forests. May-Aug. Primarily Appalachian: w. MA south to SC and c. GA, but extending e. into the Coastal Plain and west to OH, IN, and MO. Common in NC Mountains and Piedmont, rare in Coastal Plain.

State Rank:

No NC Rank Listed (*)

Global Rank:

No Global Rank listed (*)

State Status:

Exploited (*)

Federal Status:

No U.S. Status Listed (*)

Notes:

Attracts butterflies, Host for Spring Azure.

New Shoots

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Tom Harville
April

Plant

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Tom Harville
April

Buds

The buds open from the bottom up over a week or two

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Tom Harville
Early June

Blooms with Turkscap Lilies

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Martha Baskin
Topton NC

Blooms with Turkscaps and Friend

Note the blooms opening

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Martha Baskin
Topton, NC

Links:

USDA PLANTS Database Record

NCSU Plants
eFloras Plants
Bird-Friendly Native Plants



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