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Caulophyllum thalictroides

Common Name: Blue Cohosh
Caulophyllum thalictroides
Caulophyllum thalictroides

Scientific Classification

Kingdom: Plantae
Phylum: Tracheophyta
Class: Magnoliopsida
Order: Ranunculales
Family: Berberidaceae
Genus: Caulophyllum
Species: Caulophyllum thalictroides

Conservation Status

Identifying Features

Blue cohosh blooms from April to June. The flowers are 1/2", six-pointed, and green to yellow in color.

Their leaves are compound with 7-9 lobed leaflets.

They produce deep blue berries.

Habitat & Range

Blue cohosh is found in forests throughout the eastern half of the US.

This plant is common in the southwestern corner of Smith Woods.

Life Cycle

Blue cohosh is perennial.

Featured image by James Dake.


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