Spikes of bright white flowers have inspired some to refer to black cohosh as "fairy candles". They really stand out when there is a shaded background. This is a large plant that blooms later than most woodland wildflowers. Toxins make it deer and rabbit resistant and contribute to the plant's medicinal uses.
Black cohosh will grow best with a few hours of morning sun. Full sun in the afternoon and dry soil will cause the leaves to scorch and degrade.
Uses: Shade gardens, bees, medicinal
Bloom time: June - July
Height: 4 to 6 feet
Space: 2 to 3 feet
Sun: Medium sun to shade
Moisture: Average to moist