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Actaea pachypoda

White Baneberry, Doll's-eyes, White Cohosh

Scientific Name:

Actaea pachypoda

Genus:

Actaea

Species Epithet:

pachypoda

Common Name:

White Baneberry, Doll's-eyes, White Cohosh

Plant Type

Herb/Wildflower

Life Cycle

Perennial

Plant Family

Ranunculaceae (Buttercup Family)

Native/Alien:

NC Native

Size:

0-1 ft., 1-3 ft.

Bloom Color(s):

White

Light:

Part Shade - 2 to 6 hours of sun per day, Less than 2 hours of sun per day

Soil Moisture:

Moist

Bloom Time:

April, May

Growing Area:

Mountains, Piedmont

Habitat Description:

Rich cove forests and slopes. Common in NC Mountains, rare in Piedmont.

Leaf Arrangement:

Alternate

Leaf Retention:

Deciduous

Leaf Type:

Leaves veined, not needle-like or scale-like

Leaf Form:

Compound

Life Cycle:

Perennial

Wildlife Value:

Has some wildlife value

Landscape Value:

Suitable for home landscapes

State Status:

No NC Status Listed, W6: Watch List: Regionally Rare (*Key)

Notes:

Occasional nectar source for butterflies

Plant in bloom

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Martha Baskin
Nantahala, NC

This plant is easily confused with Actaea racemosa until it starts to bloom.

Young seed pods

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Martha Baskin
Nantahala, NC

The common name Doll Eyes comes from the black marks on the end of the seed pod that is like older doll's eyes were painted.

Older seed pods

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Martha Baskin
Nantahala, NC

Note how the "barbell handle" has turned red.

Links:

USDA PLANTS Database Record


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