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Actea pachypoda (Photo: Rijnbeek)

Actaea pachypoda

Baneberry - White Doll's Eyes

White Baneberry is also called 'Doll's Eyes' because the small white berries end in a black dot making this native (and toxic) fruit resemble the staring eyes of old fashioned dolls.  The delicate white flower spikes appear above Astilbe-like foliage in spring, followed by the striking white fruit in summer.  The flowers provide pollen but lack nectar.  The pollen is collected by short-tongued bees.  The berries are eaten by a variety of birds, thereby spreading the seed to other areas.  The birds are immune to the toxic effects of the berries.  All parts of this plant are poisonous.  Actaea pachypoda naturalizes easily in moist but well-drained woodlands.

Height

24 Inches

Spread

30 Inches

Bloom Color

White

USDA Hardiness Zone

3
Current Availability
Qty Avail Description Comments Future Crop Future Crop Ready Date
200 Actaea pachypoda #1 (NATIVE-white) Dormant
Characteristics & Attributes
Attributes
Deer Resistant
Fruit - Ornamental
Full Shade
Native
Native - Straight Species
Self-Seeds
Soil Conditions
Average
Moist
Bloom Time
Spring
Exposure
Full Shade
Partial Shade/Shade Tolerant
Foliage Color
Green
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