Branched stems have two or three lobes compound leaves, each divided into three. The edges of the leaves are sawtoothed.
Tiny white flowers appear in spring in short, oblong terminal clusters atop long greenish stems rising above the foliage. Flowering stems thicken after bloom and turn an attractive red as pea-sized white berries develop in summer in elongated clusters. Each berry has a distinctive small dark purplish spot (formed by the flower stigma) which gives rise to another common name of doll’s eyes.
Pronunciation: ak-TEE-uh pak-ee-POD-uh
Species Meaning: Thick foot, stem
Actaea pachypoda is native to North America: Missouri.
Best grown in moist, organically rich, well-drained soils in part shade to full shade.
Propagated by root division in early spring or fall, or by seed sown outside, 1/2″ deep, as soon as ripe. Seeds germinate the following year and flower the third, although some sites claim the second year. We shall have to see.
Fruits are extremely poisonous.
In Our Garden
Plant ID: P21238
Found in Pots,
Destined for the woodland are by Whimsey Way – Who could resist those eyes.
We acquired this plant from Dancing Oaks.