Transformational Gardening

Disclaimer: Foraging can be fun, rewarding and provide health benefits. As a novice forager, I will be sharing my foraging experiences. However, in order to be safe, always consult with local foraging experts and guidebooks before beginning foraging. Children should learn to forage safely by being guided by experienced adults. Never ingest anything unless you are certain of the identification and safety of the plant. Some plant species are inedible and some are poisonous.

Red Baneberry (Poisonous) (Actaea rubra): Images

Date Location Notes Images
May 11, 2012 Southeastern, New Hampshire There are not many plants in New England with a ball of flowers, so it makes it easy to remember. White Baneberry (Actaea pachypoda) looks similar to Red Baneberry (this plant), but with the following differences:
  • For Red Baneberry, the hood/cap (stigma) sitting on top of the ovary (inside the flower cluster) is less wide than the ovary. See the picture of the copper-colored stigma on the pale-yellow ovary (first picture in the 3rd row of the table). White Baneberry has a stigma that is wider than the ovary.
  • Red Baneberry often has some hairs on the back side of the leaflets. See closeup image below. White Baneberry leaves are hairless or nearly so on the back side.
  • Red Baneberry flower ball tends to be as wide as it is tall. White Baneberry tends to have a taller flower cluster than it is wide.
  • Most pictures I have seen shows White Baneberry leaflets somewhat smaller and thinner than Red Baneberry leaflets.
  • Red Baneberry pedicel width is 0.3-0.7 mm. White Baneberry pedicel width is 1.0-2.5 mm.
On rare ocassions, Red Baneberry can have white berries and White Baneberry can have red berries.
Date Location Notes Images
July 1, 2012 Southeastern, New Hampshire