Red baneberry

Actaea rubra

Photo/Illustration: 
Michelle Gervais
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Red baneberry (Actaea rubra)
ak-TAY-ah ROO-brah
Genus:  Actaea
Actaea rubra bears white flowers from spring to early summer on plants up to 2 feet tall and 1 foot wide. In late summer, glossy red berries develop. A few cultivars exist. This woodland perennial is native to the U.S.
Care:  Provide moist, fertile soil with lots of organic matter in part to full shade.
Propagation:  Divide in spring or sow seeds in fall.
Problems:  Rust and leaf-feeding insects may be problems.

Overview

Height
1 ft. to 3 ft.
Spread
6 in. to 12 in.
Growth Habit
Clumps
Light
Part Shade to Full Shade
Moisture
Medium Moisture
Characteristics
Attracts Birds,
Native,
Showy Fruit
Bloom Time
Early Summer,
Late Spring,
Spring,
Summer
Flower Color
White Flower
Uses
Beds and Borders,
Poisonous
Style
Woodland Garden
Seasonal Interest
Spring Interest
Type
Perennials

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