Caulophyllum thalictroides


Common Names: Blue cohosh, squaw root, papoose root
Category: Plants
Sub-category: Barberry family


A medium-tall perennial with blue berry-like fruits and bluish-green foliage. From the single stalk rising from the ground, there is a single, large, three-branched leaf plus a fruiting stalk. The bluish-green leaflets are tulip-shaped, entire at the base but serrate at the tip.

It is found in hardwood forests and favors moist coves and hillsides, generally in shady locations, in rich soil.

Primary Flower Color: Green
Secondary Flower Color: Yellow
 
Edible Notes: Not edible.
Warnings: Many Native American tribes and later European herbologists and mid-wives would use this herb in conjunction with other herbs and fluids for abortive and contraceptive purposes. So it's probably best to not consume, especially if you are pregnant.
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