Red baneberry (Actaea rubra) belongs to the family Ranunculaceae (the Buttercup family). It is a perennial herb that is native to North America. This herb grows in shady areas with moist to wet soils, open forest or dry slopes, and it can reach 40-80 cm in height. The leaves are biternate to triternate compound with ovate to long-ovate, coarsely toothed leaflets. The short racemes are borne at the tip of flowering stems, and the small white flowers bloom in May through June. The small spatulate to odovate petals and the calyx lobes are caducous (short-lived). The flowers have numerous stamens and they are white in color. The fruits are spherical berries and ripen bright red. All parts of the plant are poisonous. However, accidental poisoning is not likely since the berries are extremely bitter.