Actaea pachypoda

Doll's Eyes, White Beneberry, Cohosh

These graceful plants of the shady, moist forest enhance a wild woodland setting with pale green, maple-like foliage and tall stems that are topped with clusters of flowers in late spring and summer. Glossy green or red berries appear summer to fall. Try these plants also in mixed borders and waterside plantings, but make sure they receive at least light shade. Give them a humus-rich soil, and keep it damp. Plants are frost-hardy. Divide the rhizomes in spring, or harvest the fully-ripe berries in autumn, strip off the pulp, and sow seeds in a moist shaded bed where they will not be disturbed. If not sown in the fall when they ripen, seeds are not likely to sprout. All species are highly poisonous, though Actaea spicata was once used to treat a range of ailments including a nervous disorder called chorea.
Actaea pachypoda, Doll's Eyes, White Beneberry, Cohosh
Small white flowers of early spring are inconspicuous, but the clusters of doll's eyes -- white berries, each marked with a black dot -- are showy well into autumn. They're also poisonous, so keep children and pets away.

Attributes - Actaea pachypoda

Plant Type: Perennial

Bloom Season: Mid Spring through Early Summer

Flower Color: White

Foliage: Deciduous

Height: 2 ft. to 3 ft.

Width: 3 ft.

Sunlight: Partial Sun, Shade

Climate: Zones 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9

Notes: Thrives in Acid Soil. Poisonous.

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Actaea rubra
 
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