Black Cohosh (Cimicifuga racemosa) is a fairly common Smoky Mtns wildflower found in rich woods and along roadsides at low to mid-elevations. The photos on this page were taken along Newfound Gap Rd below the Chimneys Picnic Area. All of the plants in the Cimicifuga family are known as Bugbane, from their offensive odor and insect-repellent properties. A similar species, American Bugbane, may also be seen in the Smokies. Other common names are black bugbane, black snakeroot and fairy candle.
Black Cohosh has a long history of medicinal uses. Native Americans used black cohosh to treat gynecological disorders, sore throats, kidney problems, and depression. Currently, tablets made from the wildflower are marketed as dietary supplement for treatment of premenstrual tension, menopause and other gynecological problems.
I hope you’ll find time during your Smoky Mtns vacation for a stop at the William Britten Gallery in Gatlinburg. The full display of my Smoky Mountains images may contain a special memory of the mountains for you to take home.
Also, if you are a wildflower enthusiast, please join my Smoky Mtns Wildflowers Community on Facebook. We trade photos and tips on bloom locations.