Thursday, July 23, 2009

Actaea pachypoda with fruit

[Photo: Actaea pachypoda with fruit.]Actaea pachypoda, known in English as "doll's eyes", "white cohosh", or "white baneberry", and in French as actée à gros pédicelles, is a perennial native to eastern and central North America. The berry is white with a black spot, hence the name "doll's eyes". "Baneberry" refers to the toxicity of the fruit. All parts of doll's eyes are considered poisonous to humans. There's a better photo of the berries at

I photographed this plant at High Park, where it was planted as part of restoration efforts.

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