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White baneberry

Actaea pachypoda

ak-TAY-ah pah-KIP-oh-dah

This 3-foot-tall and 2-foot-wide clumping perennial displays spiky racemes of white flowers in late spring and early summer followed by bright white berries with dark tips on bright red stalks. The berries are exceptionally showy and especially effective in shady woodland beds.

CareProvide moist, fertile soil with lots of organic matter in partial to full shade.

PropagationDivide in spring or sow seeds in fall.

ProblemsRust and leaf-feeding insects may be problems.

  • Genus : Actaea
  • Plant Height : 1 to 3 feet
  • Plant Width : 1 to 3 feet
  • Zones : 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
  • Bloom Time : Early Summer, Late Spring, Spring, Summer
  • Maintenance : Low
  • Moisture : Medium Moisture
  • Light : Partial Shade to Full Shade
  • Plant Type : Perennials
  • Uses : Shade
  • Characteristics : Showy Fruit
  • Plant Seasonal Interest : Summer Interest
  • Flower Color : White

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