A perennial herb hardy to all temperate zones. One of the best and most robust of herbal landscape plants, the characteristic, fern-like foliage giving rise to white racemes. The plant prefers part shade and moist, rich soils. A good top dressing with organic compost and a finish with forest-derived mulch will produce monumental plants with multiple upright, white-flowering racemes.
More than two centuries ago, Native Americans discovered that the root of the black cohosh plant (Actaea racemosa, formerly known as Cimicifuga racemosa) helped relieve menstrual cramps and symptoms of menopause, such as hot flashes, irritability, mood swings, and sleep disturbances. Today, people use black cohosh for these same reasons. In fact, the herb has been widely used for more than 40 years in Europe and is approved in Germany for premenstrual discomfort, painful menstruation, and menopausal symptoms.