Black Snakeroot, Bugbane

Hazard Information

Route: Ingestion     Plant Part: All

Scale:  Low

Nausea, Dizziness, seizures, low blood pressure.


Common Name(s)


Black Snakeroot, Bugbane

Latin Name

Cimicifuga racemosa



Herbaceous perennial plant species of eastern North America



All parts of the plant are poisonous.



Causing nausea, severe upset.

Dizziness, headaches, and seizures.

Vomiting; sweating; constipation; low blood pressure and slow heartbeats; and weight problems.


Flowering Period

July to September.


Native to North America & grows in the wild. Used as medication; may cause liver damage. May also be present in garden centres.