Actaea pachypoda is an easy to grow woodland perennial. Planted for the dramatic cluster of white berries that develop in mid summer, each berry is dotted with a black spot giving it the common name of doll’s eyes. The bright white berries are held up on a brilliant red stalks high above the foliage. The overall effect is unusual and eye-catching—especially in the shady woodland. The berries are poisonous, however, and should not be planted where the fruit might tempt children.
Colors & Combos
Great Color Contrasts: lavender, violet, black
Great Color Partners: red, white, green
Culture NotesPlant this robust perennial in open to dappled shade with well-drained soil and regular watering during dry weather. It is tolerant of sandy soils and clay conditions. There are no notable pest or disease problems, and it is resistant to slugs. Cut to the ground in fall once the foliage has started to yellow.
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Plant Type: upright perennial
Foliage Type: deciduous
Plant Height: 3 ft. 0 in. (0.91 m.)
Plant Width/Spread: 1 ft. 6 in. (0.46 m.)
Hardiness: USDA Zones 4 to 9
Flower Color: white
Sun/Light Exposure: open to dappled shade
Water Requirements: regular watering