Genus: Baneberry

Actaea

Photo/Illustration: 
Courtesy of Monrovia
Baneberry (Actaea)
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Ranunculaceae
Actaea is comprised of eight species of woodland perennials with toothed leaves, fluffy flowers, and conspicuous berries. They are from temperate regions of the Northern hemisphere and make useful additions to a woodland garden or shady border. The flowers are generally not showy, but the leaves are often attractive and the colorful berries, sometimes resembling doll's eyes, stand out in the garden. Some species will thrive even in dry, full shade.
Noteworthy characteristics:  Berries are highly toxic. Good woodland garden plants.
Care:  Prefers cool, moist soil of moderate fertility that has been enriched with leaf mold in partial shade. Water during dry spells.
Propagation: 

Sow seed in autumn in a cold frame, or divide in early spring.

Problems: 

Ramularia and Ascochyta leaf spots and leaf smut can affect plants.

Species, varieties and clutivars for genus Actaea

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White baneberry
Actaea pachypoda
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Black cohosh
Actaea racemosa
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Red baneberry
Actaea rubra
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Autumn bugbane
Actaea simplex
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Baneberry
Actaea simplex 'Brunette'
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Bugbane, Autumn snakeroot, black cohosh
Actaea simplex ‘Hillside Black Beauty’