Actaea spicata

Herb Christopher

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Key information

Plant type

Hardy perennial

Flower colour



Flowers, Fruit



Skill level


photo by Maxine Adcock, copyright GAP Photos (156004)

Plant details

This is a clump-forming perennial with spikes of feathery white flowers followed by poisonous, shining black berries on slender green stalks. A useful plant for shaded positions where not a lot will grow.

Family: Ranunculaceae

Genus: Actaea

Species: spicata

Plant type: Hardy perennial

Flower colour: White

Foliage colour: Mid-green

Feature: Flowers, Fruit

Sun exposure: Partial shade, Shade

Soil: Clay/heavy, Acidic, Chalky/alkaline

Hardiness: Hardy

Skill level: Beginner

Height: 45cm

Spread: 45cm

Time to plant seeds: September to November

Time to divide plants: March to April

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