The dark almost black sprout as it unfurls is eerie looking. At a glance it appears as if alien hands are reaching out from under the ground. Awakened by my passing, they seem to be everywhere I step. I no longer feel alone in the woods.
Blue Cohosh hardly waits to bloom as it emerges in early spring. The flower is nothing to write home about but the emerging plant is.
It was surprising how much of a difference a couple of days made. 3 days ago I found a lone patch just emerging. Today it was in bloom and the forest floor had become covered with new shoots.
The plant will turn green once it leafs out. The leaves are similar to meadow rues and it was given it’s species name because of the resemblance.
Tea made from the dried root is used as a herbal medicine used to suppress menstruation or regulate menstrual flow. Native Americans used it to induce labor. It should NOT be used in pregnancy, and only under advice from a qualified medical practitioner. When needed, men should go hide in the woods.
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