• Zone 3,4,5,6,7,8,9
  • Bloom Color Yellow
  • Bloom Season Spring
  • Usage Flowering,Flower Gardens And Beds
  • Ships Year Round
  • Height At Maturity Under 10 Feet
  • Exposure Sun And Shade
  • Categories Perennials
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Blue Cohosh




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Product Description

Blue Cohosh 

Blue cohosh, also called squaw root or papoose root is an elegant many-stemmed perennial that produces blueberry-like fruit and bluish-green foliage valued for its beauty. From a single stalk in the ground, it produces clusters of one to five purple-brown to inconspicuous yellow-green flowers with large three-compound leaves sharped from tulip-shaped leaflets during the spring, and bright indigo blueberries follow them in the summer. Each of the individual flowers is very small (3/8 to 1/2 inch wide) with six sepals that are elliptical, and the nectar-bearing petals are at the base of each sepal, attracting early spring bees. The spherical berries (1/3 inch across) later replace the spring flowers and are clustered stiffly above the leaf canopy during the summer. They are initially a light green color and mature to a deep blue. The blue cohosh is native to eastern and central North America, including Quebec and Ontario.

Blue Cohosh is easy to grow and a long-lived plant.

 It is an easy-to-grow and long-lived plant, requiring minimum care as it is virtually disease- and pest-free. It grows best in rich, constantly moist, neutral to slightly acidic, and well-drained soil (i.e., clay, loam) in part to full shade. The total height of the blue cohosh is 1 to 3 feet, and its spread is 6 inches to 1 foot with slow-growing roots. Its ideal growing zones are 3-8.


 The blue cohosh is a woodland perennial and can be used in landscaping under deciduous trees to mimic its native mesic woodlands, bluffs, and wooded slopes habitat. Its lush leaves and ground cover will provide value to your landscape design, while Blue Cohosh’s beauty can be showcased against bright green and smooth-leaved plants. This wildflower is an excellent addition to the native plant, herb, and medicinal gardens, and its distinctive leaves create depth and texture in bare and hard-to-grow spaces.


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