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Red baneberry

  • Native Plants,
  • Annuals, perennials and bulbs
Actaea rubra
Photo: Jardin botanique de Montréal (Stéphane Bailleul)
Actaea rubra
  • Actaea rubra
  • Actaea rubra
  • Actaea rubra
  • Actaea rubra



Origin and description

Perennial native to Québec. Pretty plant with notched foliage similar to that of the astilbes. Its small white springtime flowers are followed by fruit that turns bright red in the summer. The fruit is toxic for humans, but is consumed by birds. To be grown in quantity for a more beautiful effect.

Height: 30 to 90 cm
Width: 30 to 60 cm
Blooms: white, slightly fragrant, May to June
Fruiting: red, July to September, toxic
Attractions for wildlife: attracts birds

Common name

Red baneberry

Latin name (genus)

Actaea rubra

English common name

French common name

Botanical family

  • Ranunculaceae

Growing conditions

Exposure: semi-shade, shade
Soil type: fresh, rich, well-drained
Observation: rather sluggish growth


  • Zone 3

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Pests and diseases
Physiological disorders

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