Do you have that feeling that you are being watched… perhaps by the white baneberry?
- White baneberries are a species of perennial wildflower, found in forests in the east of North America.
- The white baneberry plant is also known as ‘doll’s eyes’, due to the plant’s berries having a similar appearance to antique doll’s eyes.
- The scientific name of the white baneberry is Actaea pachypoda, and it is from the family Ranunculaceae, the family of buttercups.
- White baneberry plants typically grow to be 46 to 76 centimetres (1.5 to 2.5 feet) in height, and they have a diameter of 60 to 90 centimetres (2 to 3 feet).
- White coloured flowers are produced by white baneberries, and they feature from four to ten petals and many stamens.
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- White baneberry plants are known for their fruit that grow on maroon coloured branches, and the berries are coloured white with a centrally located black to purple spot, giving the appearance of an eye.
- The blooms of white baneberries flower during the later months of spring and early summer, after which the berries are produced in summer.
- White baneberry plants grow best in partly shady conditions or in full shade, in moist soil that drains well and contains a significant quantity of organic matter.
- All parts of the white baneberry plant can be fatally toxic to most mammals, potentially causing cardiac arrest on consumption, although birds are able to consume the fruit.
- The seeds of white baneberry fruits are dispersed through bird droppings, or by simply dropping from the plant.