Sunday, November 13, 2011

The Cohosh Grove

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White Cohosh

When you walk up the slope of Barton Mountain behind the house, you will eventually come to a large grove of cohosh below the cliffs to the summit. The grove is full of white and red cohosh and Solomon’s Seal. The berries are plentiful in July. Don't eat them. Even though cohosh has been used for centuries as an herbal remedy, you need to know how to use it properly to avoid poisoning and bad reactions.

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White Cohosh berries

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Solomon's Seal is plentiful in the same grove.

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Solomon's Seal berries

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Red Cohosh berries and leaves

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