Actaea pachypoda

Common name: Doll's Eyes

Native plant

Doll’s Eyes gets it name from the look of the seeds that are very white with a black spot, giving them the look of a doll’s eye. When happened upon in the woods, the candles of white flowers are a pleasure to behold. In the garden, you’ll need to plant in mesic soil, maybe slightly on the moist side to make sure that this plant really thrives. It seems that it can handle a fairly wide range of light exposure from shade to sun, with only west faces proving to be a detriment.


Click on each individual photo to enlarge for full size preview.

Price Level: 
Perennial- Specialty Species Tier 2
Sizing Options: 
Flat of 18 (pints)

My Cart

Your order contains no products.

Plant Details

Plant type


Soil type

Dry Mesic, Mesic (Not too Wet Not too Dry), Moist Mesic

Light exposure

Eastern Exposure / Morning Sun, High Canopy Shade (Usually from oaks), Partial Sun / Part Shade, Shade

Bloom period


Urban environment

Requires Protected Site


Sandy Soils, Savannas, Woodlands

Growth form


Growth rate


Flower color


Fall color



Mature height
2 Feet
Mature width
1 Feet
Max height
4 Feet
Max width
2 Feet

Additional information

Pollinator hot spot

Plants Comparison

Add | View Comparison