Black cohosh is the perfect native perennial for shade gardens, where its stature, attractive foliage, and showy flowers will create a vibrant display throughout the growing season.
- Deer resistant
- Fragrant flowers
- Summer flowering
- 5 to 7 feet tall when in flower
- 2 to 3 feet wide
- Perennial that dies down in the fall and emerges again in the spring
- Hardy in USDA hardiness zones 5, 6, 7, and 8
In central North Carolina, flowering begins in June and lasts two to three weeks.
How to grow
Prefers a moist, well-drained soil that is enriched with organic matter. It will tolerate growing in dense shade but produces a better flowering display if it receives filtered light or several hours of direct morning sun each day.
Care and maintenance
Cut plants down to ground level any time after a hard frost.
Where to plant
In shade gardens or sites that receive a couple of hours of morning sun.
When to plant
Anytime the ground isn’t frozen.
Three feet apart when planting together in a group.
When will my plant flower?
Plants are two years old and should produce some flowers the year after planting.
Native habitat and range
Actaea racemosa is native to rich coves and other moderately fertile forests throughout the Appalachians and adjacent piedmont spanning from Massachusetts to Georgia.
Source and origin
Plants are grown from seeds collected off plants growing wild in woods on our property in Chatham County, NC.
|States||Cost per order|
|AL, DE, GA, IL, IN, KY, MD, NC, OH, PA, SC, TN, VA, and WV||$12|
|AR, CT, FL, IL, IN, LA, MA, MI, MO, MS, NH, NJ, NY, RI, VT, and WI||$14|
|IA, KS, ME, MN, OK, and TX||$16|
|CO, NE, ND, and SD||$18|
Sorry, we can't ship plants outside of the continental United States or to AK, AZ, CA, HI, ID, NM, NV, OR, and WA due to agriculture restrictions.When will my order be shipped?
All plants are shipped from our nursery in central North Carolina. We ship on Monday and Tuesday so your plants don't get held up over the weekend. Orders placed after Sunday may (especially in spring) be shipped the following week.How will my plants get delivered?
Most orders are shipped via UPS Ground with some smaller orders being delivered by USPS Priority Mail.Are your plants shipped in their containers?
Yes, all our plants are shipped in their growing containers. The dimensions are 4.5 inches wide by 5 inches deep and 32 fl. oz. or 946 ml in volume.Do you guarantee your plants?
We guarantee our plants to be healthy, ready for planting, and correctly named. We are not able to guarantee whether a plant will grow in your garden as there are too many circumstances that are beyond our control.
On rare occasions, a plant shipped dormant may fail to emerge from its dormancy. If this happens, please let us know. If you are concerned about a plant, please contact us within 14 days to let us know. If we can’t help you make it grow, we’ll send you a new plant or issue a refund.
You can return your plants if you no longer want them once they arrive. To receive a refund (minus 15% restocking fee) the plants must be returned in good condition. Return shipping is the customer’s responsibility.Is there a fee if I decide to cancel my order?
If you cancel an order and the plants have been pulled and prepared for packing and shipping, there is a 15% restocking fee.What about sales tax?
We propagate our own plants and are not required to collect North Carolina sales tax.Where can I find information about your plants?
Here are some FAQ on how we grow plants.