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Unknown plant

Posted by Deirdre Whelan,
North Country explorer from Massena, New York
April 25, 2015

Out on a hike at Barnhart I saw a plant I have never seen before. It was in a wooded area somewhat near some water. I was wondering if anyone could tell me the species?


Jacob Malcomb

Hi Deirdre, really good question. This is blue cohosh. It's tricky because it looks drastically different when the leaves have fully developed in summer. What looks like multiple purple leaves at this time of year is actually a single, 3-stemmed compound leaf, plus a fruiting stalk on flowering plants. The flowers will mature into small, blue berries.

Posted: 04/28/2015 - 10:12

Deirdre Whelan

Thank you Jacob!

Posted: 04/29/2015 - 09:39