Actaea pachypoda Misty Blue
Actea pachypoda Misty Blue photo courtesy of Walters Gardens

White Baneberry

Actea pachypoda 'Misty Blue' is a selected form of a native woodland perennial that grows in the woods around the nursery. 'Misty Blue' forms a sizable multi-stemmed clump of blue-green foliage topped in the spring with small clusters of white flowers. The showy white fruits commonly known as "Doll's Eyes" are borne on red pedicels in autumn. The berries are poisonous. This plant is tolerant of dry shade. It is an excellent choice for a woodland garden, complimenting ferns and blue leaved hostas.

  • Height: 61 - 91 cm (24 - 36 in)
  • Spread: 61 - 91 cm (24 - 36 in)
  • Cold Hardiness: Zone 3
  • Sun or Shade: partial to full shade
  • Bloom Time: late spring to early summer
  • Leaf Colour: blue green
  • Bloom Colour: white
  • Critter Resistance: deer and rabbits
  • Nature Attraction: butterflies

Growing and Maintenance Tips

Actea 'Misty Blue' is not a fussy plant but it would prefer humus rich soil in partial shade. It will tolerate dry sites and competition from tree roots although the growth will not be as lush. The native plants are found in deep shade so it may prove to be tolerant of a lot of shade.

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