Soil: Hydric(Wet) to Mesic(Medium) Sun: Part to Shade Height: 1′-3′ Color: Green Bloom: April-May Flowers: The 1/2″ flowers have 6 pointed sepals, 6 smaller petals, and bloom in a loose 2″ cluster. Leaves: There are 2 leaves, each divided into up to 27 leaflets. The leaflets have 3-5 pointed lobes.
This woodland plant is useful as a nice ground cover. Flowers are fairly inconspicuous but give rise to showy, deep purple-blue fruits mid summer. It is a good plant for the woodland garden and very useful for a wooded shoreline.
Medicinal Uses: Native Americans used it to ease childbirth. It was also used to treat ovary and breast pain and to alleviate ‘hysteria.’ Food Uses: The berries are poisonous. Other Uses: More Information: Name: The leaves are similar to Meadow Rue, so it was given the species name “thalictroides.” Cohosh means “rough” in Algonquin.