White Doll's Eyes

Actaea pachypoda

Actaea pachypoda prefers a rich soil with plenty of humus. The bright white berries on red stalks really stand-out in the shade garden. The berries appear in late summer and remain on the plant until frost, providing good fall interest …

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Cultural Details
Soil Type Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil Moisture Medium
Sun Exposure Partial, Shade
Height 1' - 2'
Bloom Color White
Bloom Time May, June
Spacing 1' - 2'
Hardiness Zones 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
Root Type Fibrous
Benefits Birds, Deer Resistant

Actaea pachypoda prefers a rich soil with plenty of humus. The bright white berries on red stalks really stand-out in the shade garden. The berries appear in late summer and remain on the plant until frost, providing good fall interest. In the spring, white flower clusters, about an inch wide and three inches tall, are held aloft on a single stem. The lacy white pom poms rise slightly above the highly textured foliage. The flowers lack nectar but provide pollen, which is collected by short tongued bees for their offsrping.

White Doll’s Eyes will thrive under Black Walnut trees. It will grow in clay, loam or sandy soils as long as it is not too dry and not too wet. Mulch this plant generously with leaves to create good humusy soil with consistent moisture. Mostly shade is best, as the leaves will yellow with too much sunlight. Plants can be divided in fall.

All parts of Actaea pachypoda plant are poisonous, mainly the berries and roots. Birds consume the berries, apparently immune to the toxicity. Use caution when planting in an area where children or pets are present.  Other common names include White Baneberry.

Botanical Synonyms
Actaea alba