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.
|Item Package Size|
Bag of 2
3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
Half Sun / Half Shade, Full Shade
|Estimated Mature Spread|
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, Fragrant Flower / Foliage, Multiplies / Naturalizes, Winter Interest
Northeast, Southeast, Midwest
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