A Guide to Growing and Caring for Baneberry Doll Eye Plants

A Guide to Growing and Caring for Baneberry Doll Eye Plants

Known as "doll's eyes," white baneberry (Actaea pachypoda) is a popular garden plant because of its outstanding aesthetic appeal. The plant also bears white berries with deep purple "pupils," giving them the appearance of a doll's eyes in addition to its clusters of small white blooms.

Seeds of this quiet perennial should be sown late fall or early spring after the last frost, depending on your climate. In eastern North America, the plant grows to an average height of 2 feet. Although it may self-seed, it does not tend to dominate other plants.

Cosmetics Using White Baneberries

Adding this plant to your garden will be a low-maintenance and attractive addition. For visual attraction, animals (apart from birds) prefer to linger on plants for an extended period since most ignore the berries. Native, not invasive, white baneberry will not disrupt the natural equilibrium of plants. In your garden, it's not a very aggressive spreader; it tends to remain where you put it.


Wildflowers such as the white baneberry may be found in mature woodlands. Although this plant may grow in full or partial sun, many people use it in shadow gardens.


As long as the soil is wet and well-drained, it will thrive in almost any environment. The ideal ground is organically rich and humus-rich. An acidic to neutral pH is also preferred.


During hot, dry summers, the plant's need for damp soil necessitates constant watering.

It Is Important To Keep An Eye On Both Temperature And Humidity

From Canada to Georgia and from the East Coast to Minnesota, it's a native species. USDA planting zones 3 to 8 are the most incredible places to grow it since it can endure various temperatures and humidity.


No fertilizer is needed throughout the growing season when you plant your crops on soil rich in organic matter. Adding a small layer of mulch in the autumn or early winter can help keep the roots from freezing before the season begins.

Varieties of White Bumblebee

Actaea pachypoda 'Misty Blue,' a white baneberry hybrid, is the only one in existence. This cultivar's most striking characteristic is its bluish-green leaves, which hold its color throughout the year. The red baneberry (Actaea rubra) is similar to the white baneberry (Actaea alba), but the berries are red.