Actaea alba

White baneberry

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Plant type

Hardy perennial

Flower colour



Flowers, Fruit



Skill level


photo by Charles Hawes, copyright GAP Photos (205827)

Plant details

This unusual perennial is grown for its eye-catching white berries which are held on red stalks during summer. Be warned as these berries are highly toxic if ingested. A native of North American woodland, Actaea alba< needs cool, moist soil that has been enriched with leaf mould. In periods of dry weather, it should be watered reguarly.

Family: Ranunculaceae

Genus: Actaea

Species: alba

Plant type: Hardy perennial

Flower colour: White

Feature: Flowers, Fruit

Sun exposure: Partial shade

Soil: Boggy

Hardiness: Hardy

Skill level: Beginner

Height: 90cm

Spread: 60cm

Time to divide plants: March to April

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