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.

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