Actaea racemosa (Cimicifuga racemosa)

Common name: Black Cohosh

Native plant

Truely a beautiful woodland flower, not to mention a huge plant that can reach 7 feet. The flowers are visited often by a wide range of pollinators.  Locally this plant is more than rare, if not extirpate in the wild. Our plants come from second gerneration plants we grew many years ago from material mixed with three site from northern Illinois and Indiana. It loves being under oaks in rich woodland soils but will be perfectly happy in shade gardens with good soils in urban areas. We hope to have plants for the summer of 2022.


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Plant Details

Plant type


Soil type

Dry Mesic, Mesic (Not too Wet Not too Dry), Moist Mesic

Light exposure

Eastern Exposure / Morning Sun, Partial Sun / Part Shade, Shade

Bloom period

Late Spring

Urban environment

Uncompacted Urban Soils, Requires Protected Site


Floodplain, Sandy Soils, Savannas, Woodlands

Growth form

Dence Growth Form, Shrubby/Clump, Colonizing / Spreading

Growth rate


Flower color


Fall color

Yellow Orange


Mature height
3 Feet
Mature width
2 Feet
Max height
7 Feet
Max width
4 Feet

Additional information

Butterfly host plant Pollinator hot spot

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