Actaea racemosa6-10' tall. Also known as Black Snakeroot or Fairy Candles; formerly known as Cimicifuga racemosa.
This North American native provides the ultimate backdrop for the lightly shaded woodland garden. From late July into August, long arching racemes of creamy white and gold serpentine flower spikes soar 6–10' over a 3–4' mound of fine-textured green compound foliage.
Diuretic and anti-inflammatory. Anti-spasmodic for cramps, pains, restricted nerves and emotions; included in many premenstrual and perimenopausal formulas. Roots contain salicylic acid. Avoid during pregnancy.
Prefers part shade, but tolerates full sun in deep moist soil. Grows well in wet spots. Develops large clumps of rootstock so give it room to spread. Plant 3' apart in rich moist soil, part sun, part shade. Z3. Maine Grown. (bare-root crowns)
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Medicinal and Culinary Herbs
These plants have long histories of traditional culinary and medicinal uses. It’s up to you to educate yourself about the safety and efficacy of using plants for medicinal purposes. The statements in our catalog regarding traditional medicinal uses of plants have not been evaluated by the FDA. The plants we sell are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. Plants may take a year or more to establish before they flower; roots often take several years to reach harvestable maturity.
When you receive your order, open the bags and check the stock. Roots and crowns should be firm and pliable. If they are slightly dry, add a little water or, if they are going to be planted or potted up soon, wet the roots. Generally, a little surface mold is harmless and will not affect the plant’s future performance.
If you do not plant or pot them up immediately, store them in a cool (35–40°) location for a short time.
Do not plant bare-root perennial plant crowns directly outdoors before danger of frost has passed. Wet and/or cold conditions for an extended period may cause rotting.
Pot up rootstock using well-drained potting mix in a deep 6" pot or a 1-gallon container. Avoid coiling the roots in under-sized containers. Grow newly potted perennials for a few weeks in a protected location in indirect light at 50–60°. Transplant outside once they show some top growth and the danger of frost has passed.