Actaea racemosa
Actaea racemosa
Actaea racemosa
Actaea racemosa
Actaea racemosa
Actaea racemosa
Actaea racemosa

Actaea racemosa
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"Black Cohosh"


Good for cutting

Perfect for pots

Loved by pollinators

RHS Award of Garden Merit

Packed in peat-free compost

Hardy throughout the UK


Actaea racemosa, a species originally discovered growing at woodland edges in North America, is commonly called Black Cohosh. In many ways it is the perfect garden plant. To start, it is not just a woodland plant—it likes a sunny spot almost as much as it does part-shade. And it’s great at the back of a border, where its height (105-180cm) will enable it to be seen clearly. Actaea racemosa produces clusters of small, highly visible white flowers, carried well above the bright green leaves. These flowers are followed later in the season by interesting dry, brown seed heads.

Actaea racemosa is considered such a good plant, the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) have awarded it a coveted Award of Garden Merit.  Incidentally, another common name for this plant is snakeroot, because indigenous North American peoples once used it in the treatment of snake-bite. We thought you would like to know, just in case!

NOTE: Most Actaeas are harmful if eaten, and can trigger skin irritations.


White + green


105-180cm / 41-72"

Planting season:


Flowering time:


Botanical name:

Actaea racemosa

Light requirements:

Partial shade

Soil moisture:

Moist, well-drained





  • Soak the roots in water for 3-6 hours prior to planting out
  • Plant your Actaea bare roots into temporary pots in spring and grow-on in a sheltered spot outdoors
  • Choose a pot which comfortably fits the bare roots
  • Plant the roots so that they are fully submerged with the shoots just below the surface or any top growth exposed
  • Plant in borders or containers in early summer once in full growth (or keep them in individual pots)
  • Space the Actaea plants 80-90cm apart
  • Water-in after planting and keep hydrated when in growth
  • Read more in our planting guide
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