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Actaea racemosa

 
Actaea racemosa
snakeroot; black cohosh
Actaea racemosa
Cool new growth in late April

Synonym(s) Cimicifuga racemosa
Common name snakeroot; black cohosh
Family ranunculaceae
Life cycle perennial
Flowers white (early summer)
Size to 6'
Light part shade
Cultural notes ordinary garden soil

What I like best about this plant is how little real estate it takes up in our cramped shade garden. But even as it rises from a narrow base, it makes a big impact, with tall, slender flowerstalks filled with fluffy white blooms.
At long last, I decided to catch up with taxonomists and rename this from Cimicifuga to Actaea. Maybe my brain will catch up at some point, too.

snakeroot; black cohosh
Neat pure-white buds

In our garden, this plant grows in the following area: shade garden

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