Here’s a few of the plants that are catching our eye this week! We don’t always have them. Stop in soon if you are interested. We do not have milkweeds yet — its too cold! They need a few weeks of warm to hot weather before they break dormancy.
Doll’s eye, or white baneberry (Actaea pachypoda) is a unique member of the genus, with its striking white fruits sporting a black dot giving the impression of eyeballs watching you in the woods White, fragrant flowers in spring are replaced by greenish berries that ripen to white in late summer or early fall. Flowers are attractive to some native bees but lack nectar, so only provide pollen. Some birds such as grouse and robins will eat the berries, as well as white-footed mice. Most mammalian herbivores do not eat doll’s eyes, but deer and chipmunks will occasionally browse young shoots in spring. Quite a dramatic addition to a shade or woodland garden. Grows 1 to 3 feet tall. Doll’s eyes prefers average to moist, well-drained, organically-rich soils and natural woodland conditions. Soil pH can range from slightly acidic to slightly alkaline. It does best in filtered or dappled shade but will grow in heavier shade; it does not tolerate full sun or consistently dry soils. This is always a popular plant among our customers, and we’re so happy to have a nice crop at the nursery available now