Actaea rubra
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Actaea rubra

red baneberry

  family ranunculaceae 
  genus actaea 

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Genus  Actaea Species  rubra Variety  Cultivar  Common names  red baneberry Family  RANUNCULACEAE Specimen number  S10598 Data source  Poison p76;Xeri p287
Life cycle
Life form  Terrestrial Life cycle  Perennial Life span  3 - 10 years Annual cycle  Not applicable Stature  Various Growth form  Not applicable Growth habit  Prostrate Overall height  1' 6" - 2' Overall spread   
Sunshine  Various Water  Moist to wet Optimal soil texture  Various Acceptable soil pH  Various USDA hardiness  USDA zones 04a-10b AHS heat zones  Not classified Sunset climate zones  Not classified
Suitable for gardens  yes Nursery  Unknown Compost  no Size at acquisition  Unknown Garden location  Unknown Garden notes  Actaea rubra can survive very cold winters with annual averages as low as -30� Fahrenheit. It usually does best in moist to wet soils.
Special qualities
Tolerates drought  no Tolerates high humidity  no Tolerates seaside conditions  no Insect resistant  no Disease resistant  no Deer resistant  no Best uses    Symbiosis  Attracts butterflies  no Attracts hummingbirds  no Autumn foliage  no Colorful berries  no Desirable qualities    Other interest    Other interest color  Other interest period   
Adverse factors
Common pests  Poisonous parts  Berries   Whole plant Poisonous indications  Protoanemonin in the essential oil causes headache, vomiting, dizziness, and stomach cramps. Internal poison  yes Dermatologic poison  no Livestock poison  no Mechanical injury  no Hay fever pollen    Hay fever season    Adverse qualities   
Herbal medicine
Medicinal properties  Medicinal parts  Has medicinal uses  no Do not self-administer  no Do no use if pregnant  no Legally restricted  no Toxicity precautions  Medicinal notes  This whole plant is toxic. It is poisonous if ingested. Protoanemonin in the essential oil causes headache, vomiting, dizziness, and stomach cramps.
Traditional uses
Parts used  Traditional uses  Contemporary uses  Fragrance  Fragrance parts  Fragrance intensity    Fragrance category    Dye parts  Dye color 
Propagule  Various Pollination method    Planting style    Crop spacing    Row spacing    Cold frame  Planting period    Harvesting period    Frost tolerance    Heat requirement    Fertilizer  Typical Time to harvest 
Is edible  no Culinary uses  Nutritional value  Edible parts  Description of edible parts Flavor / texture 
Horticulture notes 
Tag needs printing  no Collection notes  Actaea rubra is a perennial. Flowers: Red baneberry has either globe shaped or elongated flower clusters. The blossoms are typically of a white color.

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Last reviewed November 01, 2004   


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