It starts sprouting very early in spring, about the time when the Snowcrocuses and the Witchazel bloom. This year that was in the middle of March. When it first emerges in spring, it looks like this:It blooms with the Anemonellas, Sanguinaria and Hepatica, with weird flowers:I've seen images on the Web of Blue Cohosh with yellowish green flowers instead. Here's what the plant looks like in bloom.It blooms for about a month, but clearly it is not grown for its flowers.
As the leaves the leaves expand, they become bluegreen, and the berries begin to form. By July, the plant looks like this:It is a graceful foliage plant that sets off finer textured plants, such as ferns, nicely, while providing a good contrast to more coarse textured plants, such as Wild Ginger (Asarum canadensis). But it's main season of interest is late summer and into fall, when its berries turn that intense blue.It's not a flashy plant, but it is a wonderful supporting player in a woodland or shade garden.
*Statement of the author's opinion only and is not meant to be a statement of fact. Not available in all areas. Your results may vary. Do not ingest any part of this plant without doctor's supervision. Not recommended for those with sunny or dry conditions.