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Actaea rubra


Red baneberry is a choice woodland perennial with fluffy white flowers followed by clusters of shiny, scarlet berries.

Red baneberry is a clump-forming perennial with bright green, divided leaves and spikes of small, fluffy white flowers. These are followed by long-lasting, glossy, scarlet berries. The berries are poisonous though incredibly bitter so ingestion by humans or animals is very unlikely. Actaea rubra is a forest plant from growing across much of North America that makes an easy, long-lived perennial for the shade garden.

Common Name: Red Baneberry

Family: Ranunculaceae (The Buttercup Family)

Zone Hardiness: 3-8

Light: Part Shade, Part Sun, Full Shade

Height: 12-24"

Width: 12-24"

Primary Bloom Colour: White/Cream

Secondary Bloom Colour:

Class: Deciduous

Type: Perennial

Bloom Time: Late Spring - Summer

Soil Moisture: Average, Moist

Stem Colour:

Fragrance: No


Benefits: Bees

Deer Resistant: Unknown

BC Native: Yes

Native Habitat: Shady areas with moist to wet soils, open forest or dry slopes.


Geogrpahical Origin: Americas - North America

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