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Actaea pachypoda

white baneberry, dolls eyes (Actaea alba)

After the fluffy, white flowers fade in early spring, a truly unique fruit follows. White baneberries mature as named, pure white with a distinctive black "eye" on the fruit tip. Whether the full effect charms or disconcerts, this woodland statement piece is always a lively conversation-starter.

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Height: 12-24 in
Spread: 12-18 in
Hardiness Zone: 3-8


Bloom Color: White

Characteristics & Attributes

Cultivation Status
Species
Exposure
Part Shade
Shade
Soil Moisture
Wet
Average
Ecoregion
(84) Atlantic Coastal Pine Barrens
(82) Acadian Plains and Hills
(58) Northeastern Highlands
(83) Eastern Great Lakes Lowlands
(59) Northeastern Coastal Zone
Ornamental Interest
Summer Fruit
Spring Bloom
Attracts Wildlife
Attracts Bees
Tolerance
Deer/Rabbit Resistant


North American Distribution


white baneberry - Actaea pachypoda from Native Plant Trust
Photo by Albert Bussewitz (c) Native Plant Trust
white baneberry - Actaea pachypoda from Native Plant Trust
Photo by Dan Jaffe (c) Native Plant Trust
white baneberry - Actaea pachypoda from Native Plant Trust
Photo by Frank Bramley (c) Native Plant Trust
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