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Actaea pachypoda ‘Misty Blue’

Native Plants

Misty Blue White Baneberry

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A Mt. Cuba Center Plant Introduction.  Misty Blue white baneberry (Actaea pachypoda ‘Misty Blue’) provides a long season of interest with its white bottlebrush-shaped inflorescences, deeply cut compound leaves, and clusters of white berries that are displayed on bright magenta-colored pedicels. This cultivar has the added benefit of bluish foliage that holds its color all season long. Misty Blue thrives in slightly acidic, moist, highly organic soil in filtered to part shade but it tolerates drier soils. Throughout the summer, this unusual native woodland plant adds interesting texture and character to the garden, particularly in shady spots. Actaea pachypoda is an excellent complement to black bugbane (Actaea racemosa), broad beech fern (Phegopteris hexagonoptera), red trillium (Trillium erectum), rue-anemone (Thalictrum thalictroides), Canada lily (Lilium canadense), blue cohosh (Caulophyllum thalictroides), and plantain-leaf sedge (Carex plantaginea). Zones 3-8. 

Misty Blue white baneberry was introduced by Mt. Cuba Center in 2009. This cultivar was selected for its unique and highly attractive soft, bluish-green foliage. It was discovered in a planting of typical green-leaved plants of unknown origin growing at Mt. Cuba Center. 

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  • Plant Type
  • Sun/Shade Conditions
    filtered-shade, partial-shade 
  • Foliage Character
  • Soil Moisture
    average, moist 
  • Flowering Period
  • Soil PH
    acidic, adaptable 
  • Flower Color
  • Summer Foliage Color
  • Fall Foliage Color
  • Other Common Names
    Misty Blue doll’s eyes 
  • Fruit/Seed Color