Plant types and subtypes: Perennials
Light Requirements: part-shade, shade
Water Use: medium
Soil Moisture: moist
Soil Description: acid, rich, loam
Bloom Time: May, June, July, August
Bloom Color: white
Leaf Color: green
Hardiness Zone: 5, 6, 7
Additional Tags: attracts butterflies, berries, clumping, colonizing, deer resistant, medicinal, naturalizing, shade garden plant, woodland plant
Pricing & Availability
Actaea racemosaAlso known as:
Black baneberry is a large bush-like, shade perennial with attractive, deeply cut leaves. In summer, tall racemes reaching heights of 6 feet or more appear above the foliage. They are topped with long bottle brush-like clusters of fuzzy, white flowers.
Actaea racemosa is a striking woodland native that may be used as a focal point in a shade garden or to naturalize large, open shade areas. It likes moist, organic soil and will self seed under ideal conditions. Keep away from direct sun. Might require staking in exposed areas. Flowers last three weeks, and may bloom as early as May or as late as August, depending on their geographic location. Zones 5-7
Propagate by root division of mature plants, in spring or fall. May be propagated from seeds as soon as they ripen, but young plants can take up to 4 years to flower.
The roots have been historically used in the treatment of ailments ranging from snakebite and lung inflammations, to the pains of child birth.
Native Range & Classification
Recorded County Distribution: USDA data
USDA Endangered Status:
- Endangered: IL, MA
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