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Actaea cordifolia

Baneberry

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Features

  • BloomsMay to July
  • Height1.4m
  • Spread0.6m
  • Growth HabitStalked clump
  • Flower ColourCream-white
  • Leaf ColourDark green

Description

Actaea cordifolia (Baneberry). This Baneberry has two large, heart-shaped to oval leaves at the base of every stem. It produces long racemes of cream-white flowers that look like fireworks.

Characteristics

Perennial, Deciduous, Rhizome, Herbaceous

Origin

N. Hemisphere

Interest and use

Grown for its flowers and architectural interest. Good for woodland gardens and shady areas.

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Needs

  • LightPart shade
  • HardinessFully hardy (min -15°C)
  • SoilWell drained, Humus-rich, Loamy
  • Soil pH6.5 to 7.0
  • WaterSemi-moist

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

Trouble free

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