By G. Bosley  a.k.a. “groundhog”

White Baneberry in a natural setting

         Actaea pachypoda

White Baneberry also known as White Cohosh and Doll’s Eyes is a native plant to eastern North America.

This is a great woodland plant that may be growing naturally in your forest, or it would be a great plant to add to your shade garden.  Please source your plants from Native Plant Nurseries.

White Baneberry is closely related to Cimicifuga and Aconitum and therefore needs similar growing conditions.  These three plants combined in a planting in a hardwood or mixed forest setting would provide a stunning fall display.

A clump forming plant growing to an average height and spread of 2′, they may grow to 3′ in height. Prefer to grow in a soil which is clay to coarse loam in a hardwood or mixed forest setting.  If you are adding this plant to your garden be sure to provide a moist and fertile soil with lots of organic matter.  These plants will require regular watering and good drainage in full to part shade.

 With attractive leaves and dainty white flowers in May/June this plant produces bright red flower  stalks with white berries in the fall.  The berries are very attractive and have a black tip.

Baneberry contains an irritant oil which is poisonous.  All parts of the plant contain cardiogenic  toxins which cause an immediate sedative effect.  The roots and berries contain the highest  concentration. The berries are eaten by birds, but this plant is poisonous to rabbits.

Use caution  when handling or working around this plant.

 

White Baneberry Flower

White Baneberry Fruit

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