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botanical name:
Actaea pachypoda
Actaea pachypoda © Deeproot Plant Base    view larger image
common name:  White Baneberry, Doll's eyes
synonyms:  Actaea alba
family:  Ranunculaceae
characteristics: perennial
height: 0.90m
width: 0.45m
growth rate: medium
growth habit: clump
leaf colour: light green
flower colour: white
fruit colour: white
stem/bark: red & green
main season: Summer
poison symbol poisonous or irritant
aspect: part shade
conditions: moist soil
preferred soil pH: neutral
minimum temp: -18°C
USDA zone: 3 to 8
description:
Clumps of stiff, slender stems with light green irregularly divided pinnate leaves. Racemes of small white flowers in late spring and early summer, later developing into round white berries, each with a conspicuous black eye, carried on thickened reddish stems.

cultivation:
Cool, moist, reasonably fertile soil in partial shade. Enrich soil with leaf-mould and ensure it does not dry out completely in hot weather.

propagation:
By seed, sown in autumn, or by division of clumps in early spring.

usage:
Woodland gardens.

other notes:
Berries are very toxic.

RHS AGM

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