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Actaea Genus

Baneberry

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General Needs

  • LightPart shade or Shade
  • HardinessFully hardy (min -15°C)
  • SoilFertile, Peaty
  • Soil pH6.5 to 7.0
  • WaterMoist

Description

Actaea genus (Baneberry). Formerly known as Cimicifuga, this genus is comprised of perennial plants that will grow in a clump form. They are shade tolerant and many will produce poisonous berries which are either white, red or black. Flower spikes vary in colour between white to red.

Characteristics

Perennials, Semi-evergreens, Shrubs

Other common names

Cohosh

Origin

N. Hemisphere

Interest and use

Grown for their colourful, poisonous berries. Woodland gardens, damp shade.

Cultivation

They are fully hardy and will prefer woodland conditions, with moist peaty soil and shade. The berries of some species contain a chemical that has a sedative effect on the muscles of the heart and so can induce a heart attack. Unfortunately, they look attractive to children, so caution should be used. Not poisonous to birds, but poisonous to rabbits.

Propagation

Propagation is by division in the spring or by seed. Sow seeds in a cold frame in autumn.

Pests, diseases or disorders

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