Cimicifuga (Actea) racemosa

Black Cohosh (Snakeroot, Bugbane): Patent PPAF

Categories: Herbaceous Perennial

In the garden, a compost-rich, moist soil is best, although the plants will go dormant early during an extended drought. The basal rosette of cutleaf, deer-resistant foliage is topped in Augusr with narrow, upright, 5' tall spikes of small white flowers...a mature clump is very impressive. -

More About Cimicifuga (Actea) racemosa

  • bugbane name = insect repellent
  • blooms are very fragrant

 The white candelabra-shaped flowers are fragrant, the attractive leaves are deep green, and the whole plant is generally deer/rabbit resistant.  Easy to maintain, Black Cohosh enjoys richer soils typical of woodlands but can tolerate periods of dryness.

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4-5 ft


2-3 Feet

Hardiness Zone:


Cimicifuga (Actea) racemosa Characteristics


  • Mass Plant
  • Good for Naturalizing
  • Container
  • Good for Shady Sites
  • Cut Flower / or Foliage
  • Drought Tolerant
  • Fragrant
  • Border

Critter Resistance

  • Deer Resistant
  • Rabbit Resistant


  • Sun Tolerant
  • Part Sun/Part Shade
  • Morning Sun / Afternoon Shade

Growth Rate in the Garden

  • Medium

Nature Attraction

  • Butterflies
  • Hummingbirds

Season of Interest (Flowering)

  • Late Summer
  • Fall

Season of Interest (Foliage)

  • Early Spring
  • Late Spring / Early Summer

Soil Moisture Needs

  • Average
  • Moist

Flower Color

  • Creamy White
  • White


  • Upright
  • Vase-like