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Actaea pachypoda - Elliott.

Common Name White Baneberry
Family Ranunculaceae
USDA hardiness 3-7
Known Hazards All parts of the plant are toxic, causing severe gastrointestinal inflammation and skin blisters[222].
Habitats Deciduous forests, less often with pines, junipers, or other conifers[270].
Range Eastern N. America - S. Canada to Georgia, west to Oklahoma and Minnesota.
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Fully Hardy Moist Soil Semi-shade
Actaea pachypoda White Baneberry


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Actaea pachypoda White Baneberry

 

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Summary


Physical Characteristics

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Actaea pachypoda is a PERENNIAL growing to 0.8 m (2ft 7in) by 0.5 m (1ft 8in).
See above for USDA hardiness. It is hardy to UK zone 3. It is in flower from June to July, and the seeds ripen in August. The species is hermaphrodite (has both male and female organs).
Suitable for: light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils. Suitable pH: mildly acid, neutral and basic (mildly alkaline) soils. It can grow in semi-shade (light woodland). It prefers moist soil.

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Synonyms

A. pachypoda. Elliott.

Habitats

Woodland Garden Dappled Shade;

Edible Uses

None known

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Medicinal Uses

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The whole plant, but especially the root, is anticonvulsive, antirheumatic, emmenagogue, mildly hypnotic, oxytocic and stimulant[207, 257]. Use with caution, see the notes above on toxicity[222]. A decoction of the roots has been used in the treatment of coughs, colds, rheumatism and syphilis[213, 257]. It is also used in small doses to ease the pain of childbirth[222] and is used as a stimulant to revive and rally patients at the point of death[257]. An infusion of the roots has been used externally to treat itchy skin and as a gargle for sore throats[257]. An infusion of leaves was drunk by the women of some Indian tribes in order to stimulate the flow of milk[213].

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Other Uses

None known

Special Uses

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Cultivation details

Tolerates most conditions[233], but prefers a humus-rich moist soil in light shade[200, 233]. Grows best in the wild or woodland garden[200]. This species is closely related to A. rubra[200].

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Propagation

Seed - best sown as soon as it is ripe in the autumn in a cold frame or in a sheltered outdoor bed[200]. Completely remove the seed pulp since this can inhibit germination. Stored seed does not usually germinate well[200]. When they are large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and plant them out into their permanent positions in late spring or early summer of the following year. Division in spring.

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Found In

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Weed Potential

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Conservation Status

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Related Plants
Latin NameCommon NameHabitHeightHardinessGrowthSoilShadeMoistureEdibleMedicinalOther
Actaea rubraRed BaneberryPerennial0.5 3-7  LMHFSM02 
Actaea spicataHerb Christopher, BaneberryPerennial0.5 4-8  LMHFSM01 
Cimicifuga racemosa (Actaea racemosa)Black Cohosh, Black Snakeroot, BugbanePerennial1.5 4-10 MLMHSM14 

Growth: S = slow M = medium F = fast. Soil: L = light (sandy) M = medium H = heavy (clay). pH: A = acid N = neutral B = basic (alkaline). Shade: F = full shade S = semi-shade N = no shade. Moisture: D = dry M = Moist We = wet Wa = water.

 

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Raffi   Wed Jul 22 2009

Plants.am Actea cultivation information

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