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|Habitat||Bloom Period||Flower Color||Height Inches||Moisture||Plant Spacing||Lifespan|
|April or May||yellow-green to brown||12 to 36 inches||Average to Moist||12 to 24 inches||Perennial|
Caulophyllum thalictroides Blue Cohosh picture by cj
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Caulophyllum ( kaw-loh-FIL-um) - From the Greek kaulos (stem) and phyllon (leaf), referring to the way the stem forms a stalk for a single leaf on this plant
(hal-ik-TROY-deez) - Resembles Thalictrum
Blue cohosh is also called squaw-root, papoose-root and caulophylle faux-pigamon
Blue Cohosh is an attractive landscape plant and best grown in groups or massed in woodland or shady wild gardens. Plant native wild Blue Cohosh plants in the shade or woodland garden with other native wildflowers like Columbine Green Dragon American Spikenard Jack-in-the-pulpit Goat's Beard Wild Ginger Wild Geranium Virginia Bluebells Woodland Phlox Jacob's Ladder Bloodroot Celandine Poppy Woodland Spiderwort Purple Trillium White Trillium Black Cohosh Shooting Star Ginseng Christmas Fern Dutchman's Breeches
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Native Americans used various preparations of the Caulophyllum thalictroides roots to treat rheumatism, toothaches, profuse menstruation, indigestion and stomach cramps, fits and hysterics, genito-urinary disfunction, gallstones, and fever, as an aid in childbirth, and as a general tonic
Caulophyllum thalictroides Blue Cohosh plants grow best in shady woodland areas in rich, moist, neutral to slightly acidic, and consistently moist soils that do not dry out. Caulophyllum thalictroides Blue Cohosh plants grown from seed usually bloom the third or fourth year. Established plants spread slowly by rhizomes to form colonies, they are best left undisturbed but may be divided.
Blue Cohosh plants may be grown in deep shade under trees.
Its slender olive green stems and olive foliage gives it the appearance of
Meadow Rue. Flowers smell of nutmeg and grow in small greenish-brown umbels held above the foliage.
The native perennial Blue Cohosh grows 1-3' tall on strong, upright stems with lacy, blue-green foliage
and erect clusters of attractive blue, fruit-like seeds.
The leaves are a smoky blue in spring
turning bluish-green at maturity and resemble Meadow Rue (Thalictrum). Young plants are covered with a whitish, waxy bloom.
Inconspicuous, brownish-green to yellowish-green flowers appear in spring and
are followed in summer by attractive blue berry-like seeds which resemble small grapes and provide good ornamental interest into fall after foliage decline has
occurred (outer seed coating turns fleshy and blue as seeds mature).
The roots and berry-like seeds are poisonous causing a low toxicity if
eaten. Roasted seeds have been used as a coffee substitute.
Seeds need to be planted when ripe or to be kept moist and cold-warm-cold stratified. Blue Cohosh seeds may not germinate until the second or third season. Blue Cohosh seeds germinate at 5 C.
Barberry family (Berberidaceae)
The map below shows areas where native Caulophyllum thalictroides Blue Cohosh wildflowers grow wild but they can be planted and will grow over a much wider area than shown. USDA plant hardiness zones 3 to 9.
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Caulophyllum thalictroides Blue Cohosh plant distribution map complements of USDA, NRCS. 2001. The PLANTS Database, Version 3.1
(http://plants.usda.gov). National Plant Data Center, Baton Rouge, LA 70874-4490 USA.