Friday, May 16, 2008

Blue Cohosh

Blue Cohosh (Caulophyllum thalictroides) has been a mystery to me for several years until it finally struck me that the plant with pretty blue berry-like seeds in autumn is this plant with tiny, almost inconspicuous brown or green flowers in spring,
I like the foliage and have always thought it would make a lovely foil for lighter coloured plants in a shady garden. Bonus: the flowers smell like nutmeg.

Apparently blue cohosh roots and berry-like seeds are poisonous if eaten but roasted seeds have been used as a coffee substitute. Hmmmm. This is another wild food I'll let someone else try. How about you?

7 comments:

dot said...

I don't think I want to try it! Interesting plant tho.

alaya said...

lovely bokeh photos you have in this blog.

USelaine said...

Pretty flower with interesting information. I agree, it would look nice in a mixed garden setting.

For The People said...

Where is your skywatch? Nice pics though.

Old Wom Tigley said...

I know just the persom who would try this stuff out.. ha!.. not that she wouldrelise until I told her though... ha!..
Like you I like those leaves..

Tom

Rose said...

I am going to have to look this up when I remember to see if it grows in our area...the leaves look vaguely familiar but maybe it just reminds me of something. I think it is an in interesting plant and the flower especially.

Texas Travelers said...

Great post. I learned something new.

In fact, I like all your posts..
I am adding you to my "check it Out - Favorites" blog roll.

Troy

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