26-30” tall x 24-36” wide. If you’ve got a shady garden with rich, moist soil, Doll’s Eyes (Actaea) will thrive and bring ‘the unusual’ to that garden in late summer. Also known as baneberry, this long-lived perennial has a pleasing texture and habit, covering itself with soft, off-white bottlebrush blossoms in mid-spring. In summer, small white fruits develop with a purplish-black ‘eye’ which is actually the scar from the flower stigma. The effect is charming, but although it might be thought of as a choice for children’s gardens, all parts of the plant are poisonous. Doll’s Eyes requires steady moisture, but also requires well-drained soil as it cannot sit in standing water. It’s a great choice for the edges of a woodland blessed with humus-rich soil. Not only will it benefit from the shade and organic matter, the gardener will benefit from seeing those wonderful berries up close.
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Bag of 2
3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
Half Sun / Half Shade, Full Shade
Late spring to early summer
Plant so that the top of the root is 1" below the soil line.
Bulb, Rhizome, Tuber
Three toothed leaflets per stem.
Loamy Soil, Moist/Wet Soil
Moist / Wet, Well Draining
Native, Multiplies / Naturalizes, Winter Interest, Fragrant Flower / Foliage
Northeast, Southeast, Midwest
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