Actaea pachypoda 'Silver Leaf'

Silver Leaf White Baneberry

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White cotton-ball clusters of flowers in May and June turn into sparkling porcelain white berries, set off by bright red stems rising well above distinctive grey green leaves. This cultivar of the native White Baneberry thrives in woodsy soils, shaded to partially shaded conditions under deciduous trees. All parts of the plant are toxic - a great deterrent for rabbits and deer, but not so good for small children who may be attracted to the shiny fruit.

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. The common name of bugbane refers their ability to repel insects - from mosquitoes to bed bugs.

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
Plant Type
Hardiness Zone
3 - 8