Actaea rubra (Red Baneberry)

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Description

Actaea rubra (Red Baneberry) Seeds

Zones: 2 to 8.

Native to North America.

Native woodland flowering plant bears bright red fruit in late summer. WARNING: BERRIES ARE POISONOUS.

Likes shaded areas with moist soil. Good for naturalizing.

Size: 2 to 3 feet

Germination Instructions

Stratification: Moist stratification for 90 days, at 3° C (37° F) to 5° C (41° F); some seeds may only germinate the second year after a second stratification period.

  1. Place seeds in sandwich bag(s), with a bit of damp sand or vermiculite to keep moist.
  2. Place the bag(s) with seeds in refrigerator for about 90 days.
  3. After the required time take the seeds out of the refrigerator and sow the seeds in pots 1/2 inch deep and cover lightly. Water gently so as not to wash away the seeds. Keep soil moist but not wet. Note, seeds have a deep dormancy and can take two years to germinate, which may require a repeat of the stratification period. So don’t give up.