Actaea pachypoda
(White Doll Eyes)

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               Seedpod                                           Leaf                                            Stem                                        Seed                                          Habit

Facts About this Plant:

    Common Names: White Doll Eyes, Doll's Eyes, White Baneberry
    Lifespan: Perennial
    Zones: 3 - 8
    Type: Forb
    Bloom Time: May - June
    Status: Native

Actaea pachypoda, or White Doll Eyes, is native to most of the eastern half of the United States. It is a hardy perennial, which grows in open woods and along woodland edges. It blooms in mid to late spring; in mid to late summer, bright white berries appear where the flowers were.

This plant is one of several species of Actaea in the US, most of which have long flower stalks and are easily distinguished from this species, however, Actaea rubra is a very similar species. It, however, has bright red berries, instead of the white berries of Actaea pachypoda - this is the easiest was to distinguish the two species, if they are observed at time of ripe seed. The other major distinguishing feature is the stalks of the flowers and, later, seed pods - the stalks of Actaea pachypoda are very thick, whereas Actaea rubra has very thin stalks. See below for a comparison:

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