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.


Emerging plant in spring








Flower beginning to open




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

  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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