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The Baneberry (Actaea rubra)

Common in the Annapolis Valley area, less so along the Atlantic coast, the Baneberry is usually to be found along the edges of open areas of hardwood forests. The plant is a perennial. It has large pinnate leaves that can run three feet across. It has a red berry (there is a variety which has white berries, Actaea neglecta). The flowers (berries) grow in a cluster on a separate stock growing from the leaf axil. Both the roots and the leaves are poisonous.

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Peter Landry

2011