Actaea ( Baneberry )

A woodland perennial with green toothed leaves and small, fluffy, white flowers followed by colorful, toxic berries. Grow in moist, cool, moderately fertile soil, in partial shade. In very dry weather, water thoroughly.

Important Info : Berries are highly toxic, if eaten.

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Characteristics

Cultivar: n/a  
Family:Ranunculaceae  
Size:Height: 0 ft. to 1.5 ft.
Width: 0 ft. to 1 ft.  
Plant Category:landscape, perennials,  
Plant Characteristics:decorative berries or fruit,  
Foliage Characteristics:medium leaves,  
Flower Characteristics: 
Flower Color:whites,  
Tolerances:slope,  


Requirements


Bloomtime Range: Mid Spring to Early Summer  
USDA Hardiness Zone:4 to 9  
AHS Heat Zone:Not defined for this plant  
Light Range:Part Shade to Part Shade  
pH Range:Not defined for this plant  
Soil Range:undefined  
Water Range:Normal to Moist  


Plant Care

Fertilizing

Light

Conditions : Partial Shade

Partial Shade is defined as filtered light found beneath trees with high limbs. Partial shade usually offers some protection from direct afternoon sun.

Watering

Conditions : Moist and Well Drained

Moist and well drained means exactly what it sounds like. Soil is moist without being soggy because the texture of the soil allows excess moisture to drain away. Most plants like about 1 inch of water per week. Amending your soil with compost will help improve texture and water holding or draining capacity. A 3 inch layer of mulch will help to maintain soil moisture and studies have shown that mulched plants grow faster than non-mulched plants.

Conditions : Normal Watering for Outdoor Plants

Normal watering means that soil should be kept evenly moist and watered regularly, as conditions require. Most plants like 1 inch of water a week during the growing season, but take care not to over water. The first two years after a plant is installed, regular watering is important for establishment. The first year is critical. It is better to water once a week and water deeply, than to water frequently for a few minutes.

Planting

Problems

Fungi : Leaf Spots

Leaf spots are caused by fungi or bacteria. Brown or black spots and patches may be either ragged or circular, with a water soaked or yellow-edged appearance. Insects, rain, dirty garden tools, or even people can help its spread.

Prevention and Control: Remove infected leaves when the plant is dry. Leaves that collect around the base of the plant should be raked up and disposed of. Avoid overhead irrigation if possible; water should be directed at soil level. For fungal leaf spots, use a recommended fungicide according to label directions.



Miscellaneous

Conditions : Slope Tolerant

Slope tolerant plants are those that have a fibrous root system and are often plants that prefer good soil drainage. These plants assist in erosion control by stabilizing/holding the soil on slopes intact.

Glossary : Perennial

Perennial: traditionally a non-woody plant that lives for two or more growing seasons.

Glossary : Landscape Uses

By searching Landscape Uses, you will be able to pinpoint plants that are best suited for particular uses such as trellises, border plantings, or foundations.

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