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Actaea pachypoda

This plant has poison characteristics. See below.
Common Name(s):
Baneberry, Doll's eyes, Necklace weed, White cohosh
Categories:
Perennials, Poisonous Plants, Wildflowers
Comment:

Flowers resemble black cohosh but are in shorter, cylindrical cluster

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.
Height:
1-2 ft.
Foliage:
Compound terminal leaves with several stalked, sharply toothed leaflets
Flower:
Small white flowers in a short, cylindrical cluster; very small petals; sepals fall as flower opens; one pistil per flower; cluster of egg-shaped, white berries with a purple spot; each berry stands on a thick, bright red stalk
Site:
Rich humus soil; shade
Poison Part:
All parts, mainly berries and roots
Poison Delivery Mode:
Ingestion
Symptoms:
Burning of mouth and throat; salivation; severe stomach cramps, headache, diarrhea; dizziness and halucinations
Toxic Principle:
Unknown, glycoside or essential oil, protoanemonin
Severity:
TOXIC ONLY IF LARGE QUANTITIES EATEN. CAUSES SEVERE PAIN IN THE MOUTH IF EATEN!
Found in:
Forest or natural area, rich woods; landscape, flower garden as herbaceous perennial
Life Cycle:
Perennial

NCCES plant id: 2463

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