Melody Zellner, Master Gardener Volunteer
Common Name: Red Baneberry
Botanical Name: Actaea rubra
Location: Perennial Garden
Size: 18-36 inches tall and 12-15 inches wide
Bloom Time: Flowers May—June; berries July—August
Bloom Color: White
Light Requirements: Partial to full shade
Moisture and Soil Requirements: Moderate moisture, but do not over water; soil pH 5.6—6.5. Prefers rich soil.
Hardiness: Zones 3 – 8, native throughout most of WI
Insect problems: Leaf-feeding insects are easily controlled if detected early.
Diseases: May be susceptible to rust under very humid conditions.
Maintenance notes: Divide in spring or sow seeds in autumn.
Uses: Actaea provides both spring and summer interest and is suitable for shade gardens. This native plant attracts birds. The roots have been used for relief of menstrual cramping and the discomforts of menopause.
WARNING: ALL PARTS OF PLANTS ARE POISONOUS IF INGESTED—CAUSING NAUSEA, DIZZINESS AND GAS. TWO BERRIES COULD BE FATAL TO A CHILD.