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Red Baneberry
Actaea rubra

Red baneberry prefers shady conditions and moister soil. It has small white flowers that bloom in May and June, and red berries that mature through late summer and fall. The berries are poisonous and should not be consumed.

USDA symbol: ACRU2

General Information

Plant TypeForb
Height1.5 to 3 feet
Light ExposurePart Sun, Shade, Sun
Soil MoistureDry, Medium
Bloom ColorWhite
Red Baneberry (Red Baneberry<div><em class="small">Actaea rubra</em></div>)
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Tolerances

Flooding / Inundation ToleranceHigh
General Resilience4
Salt ToleranceUnknown
Stress ToleranceAcidic Conditions, Drought Tolerant

Pollinator Value: High

Bloom MonthsApril to June
Pollinator BenefitInsect Pollinated, Supports Generalists

Project Planning

Project TypeRain Garden
Coefficient of Conservatism7
Herbivore SensitivityMedium
LifespanPerennial
Rate of SpreadSlow
Soil StabilizationShallow
Vegetative ReproductionClonal

Range

CountyAitkin, Anoka, Becker, Beltrami, Benton, Big Stone, Blue Earth, Brown, Carlton, Carver, Cass, Chippewa, Chisago, Clay, Clearwater, Cook, Cottonwood, Crow Wing, Dakota, Dodge, Douglas, Faribault, Fillmore, Freeborn, Goodhue, Grant, Hennepin, Houston, Hubbard, Isanti, Itasca, Jackson, Kandiyohi, Kittson, Koochiching, Lac qui, Lake, Lake of the Woods, Le Sueur, Lincoln, Lyon, Mahnomen, Marshall, Martin, McLeod, Meeker, Mille Lacs, Morrison, Mower, Murray, Norman, Olmsted, Otter Tail, Pennington, Pine, Pipestone, Polk, Pope, Ramsey, Red Lake, Redwood, Rice, Rock, Roseau, Sherburne, Sibley, St. Louis, Stearns, Steele, Stevens, Swift, Todd, Traverse, Wabasha, Wadena, Waseca, Washington, Watonwan, Wilkin, Winona, Wright
EcoregionDriftless Area, Lake Agassiz Plain, North Central Hardwood Forests, Northern Glaciated Plains, Northern Lakes and Forests, Northern Minnesota Wetlands, Western Cornbelt Plains
Approximate Eco ProvinceEastern Broadleaf Forest, Laurentian Mixed Forest, Prairie Parkland, Tallgrass Aspen Parklands