Red Baneberry

Actaea rubra

Growing in bushy clumps, Red Baneberry is an upright woodland perennial, between one and three feet high, with attractive compound leaves. A single, elegant white flower globe rises above the plant in spring …

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Cultural Details
Soil Type Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil Moisture Medium, Moist
Sun Exposure Partial, Shade
Height 1' - 2'
Bloom Color White, Red
Bloom Time June
Spacing 1' - 2'
Hardiness Zones 3, 4, 5, 6, 7
Root Type Fibrous
Benefits Birds, Deer Resistant

Growing in bushy clumps, Red Baneberry is an upright woodland perennial, between one and three feet high, with attractive compound leaves. A single, elegant white flower globe rises above the plant in spring. The bright red berries set against deep green foliage are a showpiece in summer and persist into the fall. In late fall the leaves fade from green to yellow, with veins outlined in darker green. Red Baneberry is a wonderful plant for season-long color and interest in the shade garden. Plants will grow in full shade, but are at their best in light to moderate shade. Mulch this plant generously with leaves to create good humusy soil with consistent moisture.

The berry color aside, Actaea rubra is very similar to Actaea pachypoda, White Doll’s Eyes. All parts of the Red Baneberry plant are poisonous if ingested. The berries are toxic to humans, but are consumed by birds and small mammals. The plant's toxicity makes it resistant to browsing deer. Use caution when planting in an area where children or pets are present.