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 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.
The flowers have a sweet fragrance. Cimicifuga racemosa blooms with white flowers in late spring and summer on tall stems ranging from 30″ to 90″. The flowers have no petals and only have white stamens. Cimicifuga racemosa should be planted in heavy moist soil. It is native to North America and belongs to the Ranunculaceae family of plants.