Caulophyllum thalictroides is a rhizomatous perennial in the Berberidaceae family. Native to the woodlands of eastern North America, blue cohosh is named after its bright blue berries which ripen in the fall. Although the berries are poisonous, blue cohosh root has traditionally been utilized for its healthful properties. Blue cohosh can be tinctured, used in topical applications, or steeped as blue cohosh tea.
Blue cohosh is a woodland plant in the same family as barberry, goldenseal, and Oregon grape root, native to the eastern United States and Canada. The word cohosh is from Algonquian and means rough, which refers to the root. The stem is bluish, which is where the rest of the name comes from. Blue cohosh is also referred to as papoose root.
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