10 Blue Cohosh Seeds, Caulophyllum thalictroides
Caulophyllum thalictroides (Blue Cohosh) is a beautiful woodland plant with a preference for the rich moist conditions of a woodland floor. Compound leaves fill out the single leaf stalk with a lacy effect similar to Meadow Rues. New foliage can show a tint of blue or purple pigment. The flowers are greenish yellow to greenish brown and form clusters. They are followed by berries that ripen to a deep blue. The berries are NOT for human consumption, and are considered poisonous.
Sowing: This seed germinates very slowly and irregularly. For best results, pour very hot water over the seeds and soak them overnight; this softens the hard seed coat for faster germination. Next, mix the seeds with moist sand and store it in the refrigerator for 60 days before planting. Plant the seed just below the surface of the soil in fall or spring.
AKA Papoose-root, Squaw-root. The name "Cohosh" is derived from the Algonquin term for this plant; many Native American tribes used the roots for medicinal purposes.