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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.
Shady areas with moist to wet soils, open forest or dry slopes.