Actaea spicata L.

Baneberry, Eurasian Baneberry, Herb Christopher

Family: Ranunculaceae

Genus: Actaea

Category: Perennial

Zones: 5 to

Size: To 20" tall and wide

Exposure: Filtered Sun, Part Shade


White flowers on spikes in June followed by black berries which are poisonous.

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Published in Sp. Pl. 1: 504 in 1753.

Synonyms: Actaea spicata var. alba L., Actaea alba (L.) Mill. - based on Fernald (in Rhodora 42: 260 in 1940 and The Linnaean Typification Project.

Native to much of Asia and Europe.


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