Actaea rubra (Baneberry) - photos and description

Actaea rubra

Actaea rubra

Actaea rubra

Actaea rubra

General: Bushy woodland plant with showy clusters of red or white berries in mid-summer. Stems glabrous.

Flowers: Flowers are white, borne in dense racemes, with a slight fragrance. Flowers to 15 mm diameter, racemes to 3 cm long.

Fruit: Berries measured to 1 cm long, poisonous.

Leaves: Leaves alternate, compound, leaflets oval, deeply incised, terminal leaflets measured to 6 cm long and 6 cm wide. Petioles hairy, leaflets with a few hairs on top, hairy on bottom of leaflets.

Height: Height listed in Budd's Flora to 100 cm, we've measured plants to 82 cm tall.

Habitat: Rich woodlands.

Abundance: Common.

Origin: Native.

When and where photographed: Photos were taken June 4th mixed woods in the Cypress Hills, about 400 km southwest of our home in Regina, SK.