Blue Cohosh

Botanical Name: Caulophyllum thalictroides

Height: to about 80 cm

Season of bloom: Early spring. Flowers are interesting but less showy than the autumn fruit.

Growing Conditions: Deciduous shade. Moist, woodsy soil.

Wildlife benefits: Showy clusters of blue berry-like fruit linger late into the autumn. Not edible for humans. They are eaten by Deer Mice and songbirds. Early flowers are visited by many small pollinators.

From Ottawa Valley or eastern Ontario sources: Yes.

Remarks: Emerging foliage in spring is a lovely purple, but the colour does not last.

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