Blue Cohosh Live Root (Caulophyllum thalictroides), organic
$5.00 – $27.00
Blue Cohosh (Caulophyllum thalictroides)
A shy plant, these nonetheless will exhibit great vigor. We have received numerous reports of success, including flowering and fruiting within a year of transplant. Our plants for rootstock have attained large size. The dried root is a classic herb for increasing force of contractions during labor—a special ally in a woman’s garden.
Planting Blue Cohosh Roots: Best to plant dormant live roots in the fall for emergence in the spring. May be planted in woodlands, shade garden or in pots. Prefers dappled sunlight over complete shade. Grows best in woodlands under the shade of hardwood trees, not conifers. Choose a place with deep, humusy soil. Organic compost may be added to poor soil in order to improve growth of Blue Cohosh, but if the soil is already a deep forest loam then amending with compost is not necessary. Rake away existing mulch and plant root in the mineral soil, just below the surface, buds up, buds barely covered by mineral soil. Spread out rootlets below rhizome and tamp in firmly. Then cover with mulch, about 2 inches in all. Regular forest mulch, rotted leaves, or coir work well. Commercial bark mulch is not a good choice. Plant roots about 2 feet apart. Water once after planting, after which winter rain and snowfall will keep them sufficiently watered. The roots will overwinter under the mulch and the plant will emerge first thing in the spring. If during the spring and summer the planting becomes very dry (ie no rain for 2 weeks) then it is a good idea to water them. That is all the dare that is usually required. If potting up, use standard potting soil, one root per pot, gallon pot or bigger. Mulch on top of the pot and place in shade garden.
Live root, certified organically grown
Blue Cohosh roots ship starting in September, after the parent plants go dormant. All orders received prior to that time will be backordered and sent first come, first served. Please let us know if you require your roots to be sent at a particular time. Use the “Order Notes” field at checkout. Roots are available to the USA only.