Cimicifuga racemosa also is known as Actaea racemosa or Black Bugbane or Black Snakeroot or Fairy Candle or Black Cohosh. It is a perennial that has large leaves produced from an underground rhizome. It is native to North America and belongs to the Ranunculaceae family of plants.
The flowers have a sweet fragrance. Cimicifuga racemosa blooms with white flowers on tall stems ranging from 30″ to 90″. It flowers in late spring and summer. The flowers have no petals and only have white stamens.
How to grow Cimicifuga racemosa:
Grow it in partial shade. Cimicifuga racemosa should be planted in heavy moist soil. Enrich it with organic matter and water in dry weather. Propagate Cimicifuga racemosa by seed or division in early spring. Cut back the plant after flowering. Cimicifuga racemosa is generally disease-free and pest-free.
It has medicinal uses and is being studied for medications treating menopause. Cimicifuga racemosa is poisonous and can cause headaches. Large doses can cause impaired vision and vertigo and nausea. Native Americans used the rhizomes and the roots as a medicine.