Blue cohosh

Caulophyllum thalictroides

''Caulophyllum thalictroides'', the blue cohosh, a species of ''Caulophyllum'' , also called squaw root or papoose root, is a flowering plant in the Berberidaceae family. It is a medium-tall perennial with blue berry-like fruits and bluish-green foliage.
Blue Cohosh This plant has yellow-green flowers, blue berry-like fruits, and bluish-purple foliage.  It has been used medicinally for ages, especially to induce labor. Although, the safety of this plant is seriously questioned and it is not generally regarded as a safe supplement. 

Blue cohosh has effects similar to the hormone estrogen. It also narrows the vessels that carry blood to the heart, which can decrease oxygen in the heart. Actée à Grappes Bleu,Blue Ginseng,Caulophylle,Caulophylle Faux-Pigamon,Caulophyllum,Caulophyllum thalictroides,Geotagged,Papoose-root,Spring,Squaw-root,United States,blue cohosh


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. Its species name, ''thalictroides'', comes from the similarity between the large highly divided, multiple-compound leaves of meadow-rue and those of blue cohosh.

It is found in hardwood forest of the eastern United States, and favors moist coves and hillsides, generally in shady locations, in rich soil. It grows in eastern North America, from Manitoba and Oklahoma east to the Atlantic Ocean.
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It has been used as a medicinal herb by American Indians. 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.


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SpeciesC. thalictroides