Mystery plant 085

This plant loves to grow in shady wooded areas in eastern North America.  When you can identify it, leave a comment with its scientific and common names.  And share any personal connection you may have with this plant.

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Emerging plant in spring

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Stem

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Leaves

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Inflorescence

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Flower beginning to open

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Flowers

 

ANSWER (subsequently added to this post to facilitate the “search” function for these images): Black cohosh (Actaea racemosa)

Also, read the blog post and watch the plant portrait video for Black cohosh (Actaea racemosta).

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11 Responses to Mystery plant 085

  1. Joseph says:

    Astilbe biternata?

  2. Jeff says:

    Looks like Goatsbeard

  3. Dorothy Bailey says:

    Actea? Doll’s Eye?

  4. Jeff says:

    Actually looks closer to Black Cohosh

  5. Kristi says:

    Black Cohosh

  6. Norman Smith says:

    Actaea racemosa – Black Cohosh

  7. Actaea racemosa (black cohosh, black bugbane, black snakeroot, fairy candle; syn. Cimicifuga racemosa) is a species of flowering plant of the Ranunculaceae family.

    Oh how I love this plant! I first met it when I lived in the Appalachian mountains, and the signature of the Cohosh’s entangled roots greatly played a role in my life at that time. It is a wonderful plant to get to know.

  8. Jane Tice says:

    Likes like Aruncus dioicus
    Goatsbeard

  9. Hannah says:

    Oh my goodness! I grew up with this plant and always called it stinkbush! I had no idea it was one of the medicines that I’ve been reading about. My parents got it from a friend who was trying to get more native plants growing in southern ontario, I was under the impression that it’s rare or endangered.

  10. Elizabeth Carver says:

    Actaea racemosa. Black cohosh.

  11. Angelyn says:

    Yes, this is Black cohosh (Actaea racemosa). The plant has become rare in some areas due to over-harvesting for its medicinal properties. I was thrilled to find it thriving on land near me in western North Carolina.

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