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Cimicifuga racemosa


Also known as: Black Cohosh; Snakeroot; Black Bugbane; Squaw Root

Plant folklore: Used by Native Americans to treat female complaints, rheumatic conditions and snakebites. Used as an insect repellant.
Tea made from the roots, if sprinkled around a room, will prevent evil spirits from entering. Supposed to counter the effect of rattlesnake bite.

Factual info; Contains an oestrogenic sedative, hence its use for menstrual and labour pain.

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I have this planted by my pond, love it and the gorgeous scent, interesting facts amblealice.

27 Nov, 2009


They are Simbad I agree with you there especially the seditive part.

27 Nov, 2009


I know this plant as Actaea simplex - I'm not sure which is the one I'm supposed to use! I wish they'd leave plant names alone.

Thanks for the interesting info, though! :-)

27 Nov, 2009


I think they changed the name within the last year or so Spritz. I agree with you, if it ain't broke, don't fix

27 Nov, 2009


Dont know this one at al, it so pretty.

27 Nov, 2009


Mine's in a shady place - at the back, as it's tall, Denise!

27 Nov, 2009


Then I have just the place to put it Spritz.

28 Nov, 2009

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