Thursday, April 28, 2011

Wildflowers of Ainsworth: Blue Cohosh

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The etymology of "cohosh" is uncertain but most sources suggest it was derived from an Algonquin word. The "blue" refers to the berries this plant will bear, probably during mosquito season when I am going to spend a lot of time not walking in the woods — which is where the blue cohosh grows, as it appears to like shade.

Like the shepherd's purse, these flowers aren't much to look at, but the plant is used to make herbal supplements.

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