Thursday, August 15, 2013

Black Cahosh - Actaea racemosa

One of our new trial plants - Black Cahosh or Cimicifuga (Actaea racemosa).

Its certainly not one of our regular uber hardy plants, but it does like a damp shady spot in the garden, puts up with extreme cold and seasonal waterlogging - pretty tough after all !
Certainly sounds like it will suite a few places in our neck of the woods. 
Think Southern aspect, shady - hydrangea territory.

Common Names: Black Cahosh, Cimicifuga, Branched Bugbane, Black Snakeroot
Botanical Name: Actaea racemosa syn. Cimicifuga racemosa

Height: 75cm plant, 120cm flowering
Spread: 50cm
Flower: white / blush pink
Uses: ornamental, bee & butterfly attractant, herbal (medicinal)

Aspect (Tasmania): South, South East
Sun: Dappled Shade, Semi Shade
Soil: retained moisture, free draining, enriched organics
Water: regular, do not allow to dry out , mulch well

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