Leek Seedlings OR

Leek Seedlings OR

Leek Seedlings

Native to the edges of woodlands in eastern North America, Cimicifuga performs best in partial shade and moist, organically enriched soil. Some direct sunlight is required to draw out the purple coloration in the foliage. Water supply should remain constant throughout the spring, summer and autumn. Cimicifuga takes a few years to get established and reach maturity. Mature clumps should notbe disturbed.


This plant should be way more popular than it is, since nothing spectacular like this can handle a lot of shade. Giant flower spikes in the fall, and nice brown leaves all year. Ours grow in our shade garden, where the shade is provided by the corner of the house inset where the air conditioner sits, and the nearby garage. We have two giant plants along with ligularia, autumn anemones, and they all put on a great show at the end of the year. this garden gets a bit of light in the early morning for an hour or so, before the sun goes over the house on the other side.It is a host plant for Spring Azure, Holly Blue, and Appalacian Azure (Celastrina neglectamajor) butterflies/larvae. As in the butterfly's name, Appalachian Azure's flights are only in the Appalachians which occur just once a year in May to June. Interestingly, the caterpillars are known for eating flowers (versus what many people think of caterpillars eating leaves).

When taken by mouth: Black cohosh is possibly safe when taken appropriately for up to one year. It can cause some mild side effects such as stomach upset, headache, rash, a feeling of heaviness, and weight gain. There is also some concern that black cohosh might cause liver damage in some people. People who take black cohosh should watch for symptoms of liver damage such as dark urine and fatigue. Bebenek M, Kemmler W, von Stengel S, Engelke K, Kalender WA. Effect of exercise and Cimicifuga racemosa (CR BNO 1055) on bone mineral density, 10-year coronary heart disease risk, and menopausal complaints: the randomized controlled Training and Cimicifuga racemosa Erlangen (TRACE) study. Menopause 2010;17:791-800. View abstract. (Source: www.webmd.com)



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