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.
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Sorry, we can't ship plants outside of the continental United States or to AK, AZ, CA, HI, ID, NM, NV, OR, UT, and WA due to agriculture restrictions.When will my order be shipped?
The week your plants will be shipped is displayed in the shopping cart before you complete your order.Can I place an order and have it shipped at a later date?
Sorry, plants are shipped within two weeks of placing an order.Is it okay to plant in the winter?
Yes, as long as the soil is not frozen. Planting native perennials in winter and early spring gives your plants a head start before the summer heat arrives.What if it’s too cold to plant where I live, but I want to buy a plant before it sells out?
Dormant plants can safely be kept in a basement, garage, or cool room until you are ready to plant in late winter or early spring.How will my plants get delivered?
Almost all orders are shipped on Monday or Tuesday via UPS Ground, which depending on the destination takes between 1 to 4 days.Are your plants shipped in their containers?
Yes, all our plants are shipped in their growing containers. The majority are grown in containers that are 4.5 inches wide by 5 inches deep and 32 fl. oz. / 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.Can I cancel my order?
Yes, you can cancel your order. Please visit our terms and service page for details.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.