What is this perennial?

Asked August 21, 2015, 12:24 PM EDT

Flowers are on shooters that extend approx 20" beyond leaves. Flowers have unique odor that most consider not pleasant.

Ottawa County Michigan flowers: annuals and herbaceous perennials

1 Response

The plant in question is Actaea racemosa (synonym Cimicifuga Racemosa), commonly known as black snakeroot, black cohosh, or black bugbane. Here are some links with additional information:

Actaea racemosa

Actaea racemosa-USDA

Actaearacemosa-MBG