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Actaea rubra
Common Name: Red Baneberry Family: Ranunculaceae (The Buttercup Family)

Actaea rubra
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Red baneberry is a clump-forming perennial with bright green, divided leaves and spikes of small, fluffy white flowers. These are followed by long-lasting, glossy, scarlet berries. The berries are poisonous though incredibly bitter so ingestion by humans or animals is very unlikely. Actaea rubra is a forest plant from growing across much of North America that makes an easy, long-lived perennial for the shade garden.

Geogrpahical Origin:
North America
Native Habitat:
Shady areas with moist to wet soils, open forest or dry slopes.

ClassDeciduous  Primary Bloom ColourWhite/Cream 
TypePerennial  Secondary Bloom Colour 
Height12-24'  Bloom TimeLate Spring - Summer 
Spread12-24'  FragranceNo 
Light ExposurePart Shade Part Sun Shade  Foliage ColourGreen 
Soil MoistureAverage Moist  Stem Colour 
Hardiness Zone3-8  BerriesYes 
BC NativeYes    

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