Actaea pachypoda ‘'Misty Blue'’

Misty Blue white baneberry

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Outstanding Qualities

A shimmer of silver is overlaid on the blue-green foliage of this cultivated selection of the typical white baneberry. Otherwise, Misty Blue is similar in most features to the typical white baneberry with short panicles of creamy white blooms in spring followed by white berries that develop in midsummer, each berry is dotted with a black spot giving it the common name of doll’s eyes. The berries are poisonous, however, and should not be planted where the fruit might tempt children.

Quick Facts

Plant Type: perennial

Foliage Type: deciduous

Plant Height: 3 ft. 0 in. (0.91 meters)

Plant Width/Spread: 3 ft. 0 in. (0.91 meters)

Hardiness: USDA Zones 4 to 9

Flower Color: white

Sun/Light Exposure: open to dappled shade

Water Requirements: regular watering

Seasonal Interest: spring flowers, silvery blue-green foliage, summer berries persist until frost

Wildlife Associations: bees

Resistant to: slug

Culture Notes
Plant 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.
Geek Notes
Actaea pachypoda 'Misty Blue' is a Mt. Cuba Center for Plant Introduction (Hockessin, Delaware) selection made by Dr. Richard Lighty and introduced in 2009 for its atypical, but very attrractive glaucous foliage.