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Blue cohosh, Caulophyllum thalictroides, is a member of the barberry family of plants, which proliferate in the eastern region of the United States where rainfall is plentiful, and dense hardwood forests can give it slight shade from the hot sun. It gets its name from the pretty blue fruit that grows in clusters on the end of its stems covered in light green foliage after the tiny yellow flowers have fallen off in the spring. But some also call it by the name given to it by Native Americans, which is "squaw root."



Caulophyllum thalictroides (Blue Cohosh) is a beautiful woodland plant with a preference for rich moist conditions, typcial of a woodland floor. Compound leaves fill out the single leaf stalk with a lacy effect similar to Meadow Rues. New foliage can show a tint of blue or purple pigment. The flowers are greenish yellow to greenish brown and form clusters. They are followed by berries that ripen to a deep blue. These berries are NOT for human consumption. Although not as poisionous as Actaea (Baneberry), Cohosh berries should never be eaten. Leave them for the critters and for the plant to self-propagate. Blue Cohosh plant - Caulophyllum Thalictroides is the scientific name of the plant Blue Cohosh. The species name Thalictroides have a likeness with the highly divided multiple leaves of Meadow Rue Thalictrum with the leaves of Blue Cohosh. The plant is grown throughout North America. The word 'Cohosh' came from the Algonquin Indian word, which has the meaning "rough," referring to the texture and appearance of the plant's roots. The root is used in making medicines. It is thought to have the same outcomes as the hormone estrogen.

A survey conducted concluded that in the United States, 64% of midwives were reported to use blue cohosh for labor, as the delivery pain may cause myocardial infarction, heart failure, or severe shock. It should be used considering the safety precautions during pregnancy and should not be used without medical or professional recommendations and supervision. It is a herbal remedy for the regulation of menstruation and a uterine tonic. Its flowers are believed to induce smooth labor and menstrual cycles. The berries, leaves, or roots of the plant may irritate the skin if touched when raw.Blue Cohosh is indigenous to the Midwestern region of the United States. The plant thrives in moist, well-draining soils and forested areas. In the summer months, you can spot the plant by its bright green leaves. Its pale blue berries appear in the fall, and tiny green and yellow flowers blossom in the spring. However, the plants' lush leaves and ground cover qualities are what provide the most value to your landscape. Though the plant is often seen in the wild, it holds a high place in residential gardens where its distinctive leaves bring texture and depth to be bare or hard-to-grow garden areas. Shade gardens, water gardens, and drainage areas are perfect locations for this easy-to-care-for plant. (Source: www.perennialco.com)



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