Blue Cohosh

Caulophyllum thalictroides

Family Barberry (Berberidaceae)
Bloom Spring
Habitat Moist Deciduous forest
Status Native
Cycle Perennial
Height 1-3′
Flower round cluster of small 6-petal flowers 1/2″ wide. The cluster sticks up above the bushy plant.
Leaf Distinctive leaves are divided into several stalks and many small leaflets. Each leaflet is 1-3″ long and has 3-5 pointed lobes. In spring the leaves and stems can be purplish.
Notes This is a shade-loving plant that grows in moist deciduous forest often near jack-in-the-pulpit. The leaves are a distinctive shape with typically 3 pointed lobes similar to the Early Meadow Rue. In the fall, the blue berries sit atop a characteristically thickened stem and together resemble a miniature light bulb.


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