Actaea pachypoda

White Baneberry

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With this shade-loving native perennial, the cottonball clusters of spring bloom are just a bonus.  It's grown primarily for the clusters of pea-size white berries that ripen in mid-summer on bright red stems,  and its handsome lobed foliage. Another plus...if it's happy it will naturalize, making it ideal for a woodland or native garden.

There are over 35 different species of bugbane or Actaea, spanning Europe, Asia, and North America. They're generally woodland plants, happiest in dappled shade and cool, consistently moist soil. Most form mounds of toothed leaves and then in mid-summer send up spikes of tightly packed flowers, often followed by conspicuous berries. NOTE: Berries are poisonous to people and rabbits; harmless to birds and butterflies.

Plant Shape
Partial Shade, Full Shade
Bloom Time
May - June
Bloom Color
Landscape Use
Bedding or Border, Groundcover, Understory
Wildlife Interest
Attracts Birds, Resistant To Deer, Native to Midwest
Plant Type
Hardiness Zone
3 - 8