Cimicifuga – Bugbane, Bugwort, Virginia, Perennials Guide to Planting Flowers

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Cimicifuga – Bugbane, Bugwort, Virginia
Snakeroot, Black Cohosh

To all persons who are familiar
with the common wild or native woodland plants, the
Snakeroot is well known. This Snakeroot (Cimicifuga
racemosa) is a very tall, late blooming plant, growing
from 4 feet to 8 feet tall and flowering from July or
August on. The large leaves are cut very deeply and
the flowers, small, white, feathery and closely set,
are borne on long stalks. Often over 18 inches of the
stem is in bloom at one time. C. daharica has long spikes
of creamy-white flowers in September and grows about
6 feet tall. C. simplex is the latest sort and does
not bloom until October, and its graceful stems of white
flowers are only 2 feet or 3 feet high. The long flowering
stems of all the Snakeroots droop slightly and give
the plant an appearance of dignity and stateliness.
The buds are like large pearls.

UTILIZE. All of the Snakeroots
are suited to moist and shaded positions, and because
of- this, they naturalize themselves very easily along
the edge of woodlands. The taller species are well suited
for planting at the back of borders. All are good to
use for cut flowers, but C. simplex is especially
so, because its flowers last longer when cut.

GENERAL. Snakeroots like
moist conditions which are partly shaded, but they will
endure the sun. They thrive best in rich, leafmold soils.

PROPAGATION. They are propagated
by division of the plant or by seeds sown as soon as

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