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Baneberry Actaea pachypoda

Other Common Name(s):

Other plants called Baneberry:

Phonetic Spelling
ak-TEE-uh pak-ee-PO-duh
This plant has high severity poison characteristics.
See below
Description

Description: Perennial herbs from a thick rhizome; leaves spreading, pinnately divided with toothed leaflets; flowers small and white in a terminal, erect raceme; fruit white, red, or purplish black; berries with black tips, often on thick, red stalks

Season: May to June; berries July to Oct.

 

Site: Rich humus soil; shade

 

Poison Part: All parts, mainly berries and roots

 

Found in: Forest or natural area, rich woods; landscape, flower garden as herbaceous perennial

Cultivars:
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#white#poisonous#perennial#white flowers#red berries#wildflowers#partial sun#shade tolerant#shade flower#flowering#berries#perennial flowers#white berries#poisonous berries#summer flowers#pruple fruit
Cultivars:
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#white#poisonous#perennial#white flowers#red berries#wildflowers#partial sun#shade tolerant#shade flower#flowering#berries#perennial flowers#white berries#poisonous berries#summer flowers#pruple fruit
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Actaea
    Species:
    pachypoda
    Life Cycle:
    Perennial
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Perennial
    Poisonous
    Wildflower
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Dappled Sunlight (Shade through upper canopy all day)
    Deep shade (Less than 2 hours to no direct sunlight)
    Partial Shade (Direct sunlight only part of the day, 2-6 hours)
    Soil Texture:
    High Organic Matter
  • Fruit:
    Fruit Color:
    Black
    Purple/Lavender
    Red/Burgundy
    White
    Display/Harvest Time:
    Fall
    Summer
    Fruit Type:
    Berry
    Fruit Description:
    Fruit are white, red, or purplish black; berries with black tips, often on thick, red stalks. Cluster of egg-shaped, white berries with a purple spot; each berry stands on a thick, bright red stalk.
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    Gold/Yellow
    Purple/Lavender
    White
    Flower Inflorescence:
    Raceme
    Flower Bloom Time:
    Summer
    Flower Description:
    Flowers resemble black cohosh but are in shorter, cylindrical cluster. Flowers are small and white in a terminal, erect raceme. Small white flowers in a short, cylindrical cluster; very small petals; sepals fall as flower opens; one pistil per flower.
  • Leaves:
    Leaf Color:
    Green
    Leaf Type:
    Compound (Pinnately , Bipinnately, Palmately)
    Hairs Present:
    No
    Leaf Description:
    Leaves spreading, pinnately divided with toothed leaflets. Compound terminal leaves with several stalked, sharply toothed leaflets.
  • Stem:
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Location:
    Woodland
  • Poison:
    Poison Severity:
    High
    Poison Symptoms:
    Poisonous if ingested. TOXIC ONLY IF LARGE QUANTITIES EATEN. CAUSES SEVERE PAIN IN THE MOUTH IF EATEN! Burning of mouth and throat; salivation; severe stomach cramps, headache, diarrhea; dizziness and hallucinations.
    Poison Toxic Principle:
    Unknown, glycoside or essential oil, protoanemonin
    Causes Contact Dermatitis:
    No
    Poison Part:
    Bark
    Flowers
    Fruits
    Leaves
    Roots
    Seeds
    Stems