Wildflowers of New York

Actaea pachypoda

A photographic collection and brief reference to help identify Wildflowers found in New York

White Baneberry
- Actaea pachypoda

Doll's Eye

All parts of the plant are poisonous, the berries especially so. Birds on the other hand have no problem eating the berries and they're the main disperser of the seed.

Both red and white baneberry is called Doll's Eyes. I can't really see the red being used that way unless they're used for demon dolls. The White berries with their black spot is another story. Those do look like normal doll's eyes.

Flower clusters are more oblong than the round clusters of Red Baneberry

Found: Open woodland, thickets, clearings - shady areas with moist soil
Height: 1 - 2 feet
May - June bloom time

Actaea pachypoda

A bitter taste is a deterrent to eating the poisonous berries

Actaea pachypoda