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Plant Details

Actaea pachypoda

White Baneberry, Doll's-eyes, White Cohosh

Scientific Name:

Actaea pachypoda

Common Name:

White Baneberry, Doll's-eyes, White Cohosh

Plant Family

Ranunculaceae (Buttercup Family)

Native/Alien:

NC Native

Type:

Herb/Wildflower

Bloom Color(s):

White

Size in Feet:

2

Light:

Shade

Soil Moisture:

Mesic(*)

Bloom Time:

April - May

Bloom Area:

Mountains, rare in Piedmont

Habitat Description:

Rich cove forests and slopes. Common in NC Mountains, rare in Piedmont.

State Rank:

No NC Rank Listed (*)

Global Rank:

No Global Rank listed (*)

State Status:

No NC Status Listed, W6: Watch List: Regionally Rare (*)

Federal Status:

No U.S. Status Listed (*)

Notes:

Occasional nectar source for butterflies

Plant in bloom

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Martha Baskin
Nantahala, NC

This plant is easily confused with Actaea racemosa until it starts to bloom.

Young seed pods

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Martha Baskin
Nantahala, NC

The common name Doll Eyes comes from the black marks on the end of the seed pod that is like older doll's eyes were painted.

Older seed pods

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Martha Baskin
Nantahala, NC

Note how the "barbell handle" has turned red.

Links:

USDA PLANTS Database Record


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