Doll's Eyes (Actaea)

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Doll’s Eyes (Actaea) is the plant that looks back at you in the landscape! A fun, North American native of moist woodlands, Doll’s Eyes is known for its distinctive white fruits that are held in clusters on top of thick red stems. When not fruiting, the soft blue-green foliage, reminiscent of astilbe, is a lovely addition to cool, shady gardens. (Actaea pachypoda)
Zones 3 - 8
Advantages
Native
Fragrant Flower / Foliage
Multiplies / Naturalizes
Winter Interest
Light Requirements
Half Sun / Half Shade
Full Shade
Mature Plant Size26-30" tall , 24-36" wide
Bloom TimeLate spring to early summer
SizeBag of 2
SKUAM014813

USDA Hardiness Planting Zones

To determine if a plant is sufficiently cold hardy, the USDA created numbered zones indicating winter low temperatures; the lower the zone number the colder the winter.

  • If the coldest winter temperature expected in your area is -15°F (zone 5) then any plants rated zones 3-5 will survive the winter temperatures in your area.
  • If you live in very warm winter areas (zones 9-11) plants with zones 3-4 ratings are not recommended. The lack of freezing winter temperatures do not provide a time for winter dormancy (rest).

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Plant Information

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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SKUAM014813
Item Package Size
Bag of 2
Common Name
Doll's Eyes
Botanical Name
Actaea pachypoda
Zones
3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
Light Requirements
Half Sun / Half Shade, Full Shade
Flower Color
White
Mature Height
26-30" tall
Estimated Mature Spread
24-36" wide
Bloom Time
Late spring to early summer
Planting Depth
Plant so that the top of the root is 1" below the soil line.
Ships As
Bulb, Rhizome, Tuber
Foliage
Three toothed leaflets per stem.
Soil Type
Loamy Soil, Moist/Wet Soil
Soil Moisture
Moist / Wet, Well Draining
Advantages
Native, Fragrant Flower / Foliage, Multiplies / Naturalizes, Winter Interest
Ideal Region
Northeast, Southeast, Midwest
Planting Time
Fall
Neonicotinoid Free
Item Unit
Plant
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