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Caulophyllum thalictroides

Blue Cohosh, Papooseroot

Scientific Name:

Caulophyllum thalictroides

Genus:

thalictroides

Species Epithet:

Caulophyllum thalictroides

Common Name:

Blue Cohosh, Papooseroot

Plant Type

Herb/Wildflower

Life Cycle

Perennial

Plant Family

Berberidaceae (Barberry Family)

Native/Alien:

NC Native

Size:

0-1 ft., 1-3 ft.

Bloom Color(s):

Green

Light:

Less than 2 hours of sun per day

Soil Moisture:

Moist

Bloom Time:

March, April

Growing Area:

Mountains

Habitat Description:

Rich forests.

Leaf Arrangement:

Alternate

Leaf Retention:

Deciduous

Leaf Type:

Leaves veined, not needle-like or scale-like

Leaf Form:

Compound

Life Cycle:

Perennial

Wildlife Value:

Has some wildlife value

Landscape Value:

Suitable for home landscapes

Notes:

Berries eaten by deer and birds when preferred food sources are not available.

Blooms

image

Max Patch 2001

Blooms close up

image

Tom Harville
May

Leaves

image

Martha Baskin
Nantahala, NC
Aug

Berries

image

Martha Baskin
Nantahala, NC
May

The name comes from the blue berries.

Links:

USDA PLANTS Database Record

eFloras Plants
Nearctica Plants


Bird-Friendly Native Plants



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