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Baneberry, Red - Actaea rubra

Baneberry, Red - Actaea rubra

Actaea rubra, also known as red baneberry, is a perennial wildflower native to Michigan and the Upper Peninsula that puts on a satisfyng long-season show in any shade garden.


Plant can reach 2 feet tall with lush foliage. It prefers partial sun to full shade, medium-dry to moist soil and will grow in clay, loam or sand. After the clusters of white blossoms fade in late June, they are replaced with bunches of showy red berries.


Although toxic and unpalletable to humans and most mammals (deer resistant!), the plant is utilized by birds and is recommended by the Audoban Society for Cardinals, Grosbeaks, Sparrows, Sapsuckers, Grouse, Robins and Thrushes, and Brown Thrashers. It also offers pollen resources for native bees.

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