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Actaea erythrocarpa

Red Baneberry

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Features

  • BloomsMay to June
  • Height0.4m to 0.6m
  • Spread0.4m to 0.5m
  • Growth HabitClump
  • Flower ColourWhite
  • Leaf ColourDark green, yellow

Description

Actaea erythrocarpa (Red Baneberry). This species of perennial is clump forming with pinnate leaves and 3-12 ovate leaflets. Short, dense racemes of white blooms are produced in late spring and early summer. Later in summer, deep red, egg-shaped berries appear and the leaves turn yellow in the autumn.

Characteristics

Perennial, Deciduous, Rhizome, Herbaceous

Other common names

European Baneberry

Origin

N. Europe, E. Asia

Interest and use

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

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Needs

  • LightPart shade
  • HardinessFully hardy (min -15°C)
  • SoilFertile, Humus-rich, Lime-rich, Chalky
  • 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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