Black Cohosh, Bugbane, Black Snakeroot - Cimicifuga racemosa (Buttercup family - Ranunculaceae)
Black Cohosh, Bugbane, Black Snakeroot
- Cimicifuga racemosa (Buttercup family - Ranunculaceae)
A large plant with small white flowers growing on several
long, narrow clusters on a leafy stalk. The plant has an unpleasant
odor. The stalked leaf is usually divided into threes and further subdivided
into threes. Petals and sepals fall early, leaving bushy tufts of stamens
(1 pistil). 3 - 8 ft. Rich woods.
The bad odor of this plant is repellent
to bugs, which accounts for the common and genus names. Cimicifuga
means "to drive away bugs." The root was used in the 1800s
to treat various conditions, ranging from snakebite and lung inflammations,
to the pains of childbirth.