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Author:Dan McKay from Winnipeg, Canada
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Actaea rubra - Red Baneberry Seed - Sheffield's Seed Co., Inc.

Actaea rubra

Red Baneberry

In Stock: 0.077 lb (Total:0.136lb)
  • Actaea rubra

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Growing Info

Scarification: Soak in water, let stand in water for 24 hours
Stratification: cold stratify for 90 days or fall sowing
Germination: can be sown outdoors in the fall for spring germination, sow seed 1/2" deep, keep moist, mulch the seed bed, remove mulch upon germination

Other: Two periods of cold treatment, inbetween which is a period of warm treatment, may hasten otherwise slow germination 

Actaea rubra, also known as Red Baneberry, is a striking herbaceous flowering plant native to North America. Growing up to 80 cm tall, these open woodland plants sport coarsely toothed leaves with deeply lobed margins. In mid to late summer, the berries turn bright red and bear a distinctive black dot. While the plant was often used medicinally by North American Indian tribes, modern users should be aware of the plant's potential toxicity. Nevertheless, the plant is still grown in shade gardens and highly regarded for its attractive berries and upright clump forming habit. Though all parts of the plant contain an irritant oil that is most concentrated within the roots and berries, the berries are the most toxic part of the plant and can cause nausea, dizziness, increased pulse, and severe gastrointestinal discomfort. While accidental poisoning is unlikely, six berries are enough to cause poisoning in a healthy adult, while as few as two berries can be fatal to a child.

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