Red baneberry is a tough Illinois native. In fact, it can survive temperatures to 30 below on the one hand, and wildfires on the other. And it looks great throughout the growing season. You get fluffy little white "bunny tails" of flowers in late spring; handsome foliage throughout summer; and clusters of red berries in the fall.
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
Partial Shade, Full Shade
Bedding or Border, Understory
Attracts Birds, Attracts Butterflies, Resistant To Deer, Native to Midwest