Baneberries and Bugberries (including the formerly separate genus Cimcifuga) are almost unknown wood plants from moist and humus rich soils in the northern hemisphere with some 25 species at present. They make racemes of small white flowers on long stalks above most ornamental dissected (feathered) and serrated leaves. Flowers are followed by very decorative bright colored berries in summer to autumn. All are long-lived perennials, once established do not disturb plants.
Two red fruiting species are very difficult to be distinguished in nature: Actaea erythrocarpa Fischer and Actaea rubra (Aiton) Willd. In general Northamerican plants of Actaea rubra have slightly broader leaflets and a laxer infrutescence than East Asian plants of Actaea erythrocarpa. As even scientist are not sure if both forms are to be treated as separate species, we do not follow either this difference and offer all seeds under Actaea rubra.
Sow flat from early autumn to early spring in any moist, yet well drained soil. Transplant rootstock in autumn after leaves have died down. Sometimes seeds make take up to two years to germinate successfully. They require a cooling period of several months prior to germination.
Note: All parts (especially the colorful berries) are poisonous if ingested.
All are USDA Climate Zone 6.
20 seeds per package.