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Actaea pachypoda

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Plant types and subtypes: Perennials

Light Requirements: part-shade, shade

Water Use: medium

Soil Moisture: moist, wet

Soil Description: acid, rich

Height: 1'-3'

Bloom Time: April, May, June

Bloom Color: white

Leaf Color: green

Hardiness Zone: 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8

Additional Tags: berries, colonizing, fragrant flowers, naturalizing, poisonous, shade garden plant, showy fruit

Actaea pachypoda (white baneberry)
  • Actaea pachypoda (white baneberry)
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  • Fruit of Actaea pachypoda (white baneberry)

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Description

Actaea pachypoda

Also known as:

white baneberry

,

baneberry

,

doll's eye

Scientific Synonyms:

Description

Native to woodlands, the white baneberry has astilbe-like, dense, fragrant, white flower clusters, appearing on stems up to 3' tall, above deeply serrated leaflets. The flowers give way to clusters of white, pea-size berries with a dark purple spot formed by the flower stigma. These fruit quite literally resemble porcelain doll's eyes and will remain on the plant until frost, giving it great fall interest.

Cultivation

Best grown in a well shaded spot, it thrives in well drained soil rich in organic material. Care should be taken not to let the roots dry out during hot summers, although overly wet conditions will also produce a decline in foliage. It will colonize by seed under ideal conditions. Blooms in spring, April to June. Zones 3-8

Propagation

Propagate by planting the seeds as they ripen, or by root division in early spring. Plants propagated by seed may take 3 years to flower.

Additional Notes

Care should be taken in choosing a location for this plant because its attractive berries are considered very toxic if ingested. They are best kept out of reach of children.

Native Range & Classification

Recorded County Distribution: USDA data

Native Range:
AL, AR, CT, DE, FL, GA, IA, IL, IN, KS, KY, LA, MA, MD, ME, MI, MN, MO, MS, NC, NE, NH, NJ, NY, OH, OK, PA, RI, SC, TN, VA, VT, WI, WV

USDA Endangered Status:

  • Endangered: FL
  • Exploitably Vulnerable: NY

Classification

Kingdom Plantae Plants
Subkingdom Tracheobionta Vascular plants
Superdivision Spermatophyta Seed plants
Division Magnoliophyta Flowering plants
Class Magnoliopsida Dicotyledons
Subclass Magnoliidae
Order Ranunculales
Family Buttercup family
Genus Actaea baneberry
Species Actaea pachypoda white baneberry