The Doll's Eye also known as White Baneberry, Actaea pachypoda, is a herbaceous perennial plant that can reach 2 feet in height. It has toothed bipinnate compound leaves. White dense raceme flowers grow in Springtime. The different fruit of this plant is where it gets its name from Doll's Eye. The small white fruit has a black dot in the middle making it appear as an eye. The fruit blooms most all Summer long. The Doll's Eye plant including fruit is very poisonous to humans even deadly.
The doll's eye plant, also known as white baneberry, is a flowering plant native to eastern Canada, as well as the Midwestern and the Eastern United States of America.
Growing this plant in its native areas has no negative impact on the local ecosystem. Scientifically known as Actaea pachypoda, these plants are perennial. Thus, they can last more than two years before they need to be replaced. They can grow between 12 to 30 inches tall (30 to 76 centimeters.)
Their flowers are white with a very lacy appearance. One could mistake the petals for pearls dangling from thin ribbons. After pollination, these plants turn red and form their notorious berries. These berries are creamy white with black dots in the center. It is from these white eye-like berries that this plant earned the name "doll's eye" and "white baneberry." These berries are also notable for being toxic to humans. In spite of this, the berries are entirely harmless to birds, who act as this plant's primary seed carrier.
Doll's Eye plants are grown best in wooded areas.
They do best in an untreated soil where there is lots of natural organic matter. It prefers clay-like to loamy soil. They also do best in full shade. Doll's eye also thrives with a consistent water supply and reliable drainage
Doll's Eye USDA Hardiness Zones 4-9
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