Actaea rubra X pachypoda

Hybrid Baneberry

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This hybrid baneberry has strong native roots. Both Actaea pachypoda and Actaea rubra are woodland natives in the Great Lakes area. You can see the traits both parents share in common in the ferny, astilbe-like foliage, the fluffy white "bunny tail" flowers, and the highly visible clusters of 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 butterflies.
Plant Shape
Partial Shade
Bloom Time
May - June
Bloom Color
Landscape Use
Bedding or Border, Understory
Wildlife Interest
Attracts Birds, Attracts Butterflies, Resistant To Deer
Plant Type
Hardiness Zone
3 - 7