Connecticut Plants
Red Baneberry
Actaea rubra (Ait.) Willd.

Red baneberry is named for its bright red berries, which appear in summer.

Red baneberry, in flower, looks very similar to white baneberry. The distinguishing feature is the stalk of each flower -- it is very slender in red baneberry, and thick in white baneberry.

  • Family: buttercup (Ranunculaceae)
  • Habitat: woods
  • Height: 1-2 feet
  • Flower size: 1/4 inch across
  • Flower color: white
  • Flowering time: May to June
  • Origin: native
Actaea rubra (Ait.) Willd.
Actaea rubra (Ait.) Willd.
Actaea rubra (Ait.) Willd.
Actaea rubra (Ait.) Willd.

A few plants of red baneberry actually have white berries, making it easy to confuse them with doll's eyes. However, as noted above, red baneberry always has slender stalks to its flowers (and berries), whereas doll's eyes always has thick stalks.

Photographed in Minnesota in mid-July.