Botanical Name: Actaea rubra
En Français: Actée rouge
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 are poisonous, but the fruit and rhizomes contain the highest toxic concentration.
Because of its attractive foliage, flowers, and bright red berries, Red Baneberry (Actaea rubra) is an excellent selection for cool shade gardens.
Planting and Care Considerations
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
Best Soil: Clay, loam