Blue Cohosh Root
Blue Cohosh Root
Standardized: blue cohosh
Other: papoose root
Caulophyllum thalictroides (L.) Michx.
Plant Family: Berberidaceae
Blue cohosh is a flowering plant in the Berberidaceae (barberry) family. It should not be confused with Black cohosh, which is a plant in a different genus.
Blue Cohosh Root is an erect plant with tall blue flower stem. It has a height of up to 3 feet and a width of 1 ½ feet. The flowers are 5 petaled, yellow-green, on the top of tall stalks. The leaves are thin, bluish green, oval shape with lobes from 1-4 inches long. It blooms from June to August.
The fruit is blue-black and ⅓ inch in diameter. The rhizome is knotty, branched, brownish gray with white inside. They taste bitter and acrid.
From the single stalk rising from the ground, there is a single, large, three-branched leaf plus a fruiting stalk. The bluish-green leaflets are tulip-shaped, entire at the base, but serrate at the tip. This plant’s three-lobed, veined leaves are dark purple when they emerge and later turn green.
Greenish brown or yellowish brown flowers appear in mid and late spring, turning into waxy blue berries that dangle beneath the leaves. Berries split open to reveal berry-like seeds that turn from green to blue. Very slow to increase in size.
common names & nomenclature
The name Cohosh is an Algonquin name and was given to both blue and black because of their similarity in looks (roots) and actions. Blue refers to the bluish stem and berries. The name Caulophyllum describes the leaf habit. The species name, thalictroides, comes from the similarity between the large highly divided; multiple-compound leaves of Meadow-rue (Thalictrum) and those of Blue Cohosh Root.
Also known as:
papoose root, squaw root, beechdrops, blueberry root, blue ginseng, yellow ginseng
Blue Cohosh Root is a woodland plant in the same family as barberry, goldenseal, and Oregon grape root, native to the eastern United States and Canada. The word cohosh is from Algonquian and means rough, which refers to the root. The stem is bluish, which is where the rest of the name comes from.
Most frequently used as a tincture. Traditionally combined with goldenseal. May also be used as an extract, capsule or tea.
Specific: Not for use during pregnancy except under the supervision of a qualified healthcare practitioner.
General: We recommend that you consult with a qualified healthcare practitioner before using herbal products, particularly if you are pregnant, nursing, or on any medications.
This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.
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