Plant Care Blue Cohosh

Blue Cohosh

About Blue Cohosh

This plant is a perennial herb with an erect, simple stem, single leaf divided into threes. It has flowers in a terminal cluster which are 6-parted and a greenish-yellow. The fruit opens to expose 1-2 blue, fleshy seeds. They are found in the forest or natural area in moist woods.

Taxonomy

Caulophyllum thalictroides
Caulophyllum
Berberidaceae
Ranunculales

Also known as

Blue cohosh, Squaw root and Papoose root

How to care for Blue Cohosh

💦 Water

How often to water your Blue Cohosh

Water needs for Blue Cohosh
0.5 cups
every 9

Blue Cohosh needs 0.5 cups of water every 9 when it doesn’t get direct sunlight and is potted in a 5" pot.

Use our water calculator to personalize watering recommendations to your environment or download Greg for more advanced recommendations for all of your plants.

Water 0.5 cups every
9

Does your plant get direct sunlight?

Select the pot size

5"
☀️ Light

Finding light for Blue Cohosh in your home

Light needs and placement for plant Blue Cohosh: 6ft from a window
6ft or less from
a window

Blue Cohosh can tolerate being far from a window and light source.

Place it less than 6 feet from a south-facing window to ensure it receives enough light to survive 💪.

Select your region to see how the current weather in your area affects the placement of Blue Cohosh in your home 🏡.

🪴 Nutrients

How to fertilize Blue Cohosh

Nutrient, fertilizer, and repotting needs for Blue Cohosh: repot after 2X growth

Most potting soils come with ample nutrients which plants use to produce new growth.

By the time your plant has depleted the nutrients in its soil it’s likely grown enough to need a larger pot anyway.

To replenish this plant's nutrients, repot your Blue Cohosh after it doubles in size or once a year—whichever comes first.

💡 FAQs
⭐ Difficulty Level

Blue Cohosh is generally easy to care for, though some plant parents report facing challenges with growing it. Check out the reviews down below to read more about their experiences!


💦 Water Needs

Blue Cohosh prefers for the soil to dry out between waterings and should be watered regularly. Use our water calculator to personalize watering recommendations to your environment or download Greg for more advanced recommendations for all of your plants.


☀️ Sunlight Needs

Blue Cohosh can tolerate being far from a window and light source. Place it less than 6 feet from a south-facing window to ensure it receives enough light to survive 💪. Select your region to see how the current weather in your area affects the placement in your home 🏡.


🐶 🐈 👶 Toxicity

Blue Cohosh is not safe to consume. If you, a family member, or a pet has ingested any amount of plant material contact Poison Control, US (800) 222-1222, or your veterinarian. If you have children, cats, or dogs in the home, we suggest keeping this plant out of reach.


⬆️ ⬇️ Growth Pattern

Blue Cohosh grows vertically and new growth will emerge from the top of the plant.


🌦️ Growing Outdoors

USDA Hardiness Zone
Blue Cohosh can be grown outdoors in USDA Hardiness Zones 3a-8b. Find your local hardiness zone here.


🧐 Troubleshooting

When troubleshooting a sad-looking houseplant, start by checking for signs of distress in its leaves, such as yellowing, browning, or drooping, which can indicate overwatering or nutrient deficiencies.

Inspect the soil moisture; too dry or too wet soil can cause problems.

Ensure the plant is getting the right amount of light, as too much or too little can stress it.

Finally, consider environmental factors like temperature and humidity, and adjust care routines accordingly to revive your plant.


Care Summary for Blue Cohosh

Blue Cohosh


Greg recommends:

Water

0.5 cups every 9 days

Placement

< 6ft from a window

Nutrients

Repot after 2x growth

Based on the 4” pot your plant is in, and that it doesn’t get direct sunlight.

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