This perennial plant has a stalk 30 to 40 cm long. Its compound leaves are divided into dentate or serrate ovate leaflets. It may be distinguished from white baneberry by its rounder cluster of terminal flowers, which are small and white. It bears red berries on a slender, green stalk. All portions of this plant...
Botanical Name: Actaea rubra
Nom Français: Actée rouge
Bloom colour: Red | White
Blooms: Summer - Zone 5
Pollinators: Bees | Other
Sun or Shade: Partial Sun | Shade
Plant Type: Perennial
Height: Up to 2 feet (70 cm)
It grows well in hardiness zones:
The preference is light to moderate shade, moist to mesic conditions, and a somewhat acidic soil consisting of sandy loam, loam, or clay-loam with decaying organic matter.
Cut back after flowering or fruiting.
The seeds are slow to germinate, typically taking 2 years or more under natural conditions.
Spread: up to 30 cm
Native to Canada
Styling and Use
Sugar maple, white pine, white ash, red oak and basswood for the upper story. Plant this with other spring ephemerals such as spring beauty, toothwort, wild geranium, hepatica, bloodroot, zig-‐zag goldenrod. If the site is quite moist, add pagoda dogwood, starry Solomon's plume, and skunk cabbage.
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