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.

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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