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Red Baneberry (Syn. Red Cohosh) - Actaea rubrum - Perennial - Deeply cut green leaves and white cylindrical blooms which mature to deep red berries in late summer make this an eye catching addition to the shady flower garden. PLANT WITH CAUTION AS BERRIES ARE HIGHLY TOXIC. Height: 24 inches Hardy to -40F (-40C)
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White Baneberry (Syn Doll's Eyes) - Actaea alba (Syn. Actaea pachypoda) - Perennial - Native to the Eastern US. White blooms and white berries. PLANT WITH CAUTION AS BERRIES ARE HIGHLY TOXIC. Height: 24 inches, Spread: 36 inches Hardy to -40F (-40C)
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PLANT INFORMATION AND
Actaeas are hardy herbaceous perennial plants
belonging to the Buttercup family, Ranunculaceae.
Growing about 18 to 30 inches high, they have pretty fern-like
leaves and spikes of small white blooms in spring, followed by
red, white or blue bitter berries which are poisonous - thus the
common name Baneberry. Native to North
America, Asia and Europe, they are found in shady or
semi-shaded areas. The plants thrive in ordinary soil with
leaf mold mixed in.
Propagation is easily done by sowing seed in a light
soil out of doors in early spring or when the seeds ripen in the
fall. Another method is plant division. Sow
seed in pots or trays 1/4 inch deep. Keep moist at
65F. Transplant seedlings when they reach 2 inches
tall. Transplant outdoors when all danger of frost has
passed. Space plants 12-18 inches apart each way.
Native Americans used the juice of the berries to poison
arrows. The poison acts on the cardiovascular system
producing erratic heart rhythm. The roots were also used medicinally
to treat stomach pains, coughs, colds
and menstrual irregularities. The roots are said
to be a violent purgative, causing severe vomiting.
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