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Herb christopher

ACTAEA SPICATA

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Herb christopher

ACTAEA SPICATA

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Herb Christopher is a perennial plant of the buttercup family that grows 30 to 60 cm high. Its bottom leaves are large and green and the stem leaves are a bit smaller. The dense and clustered flowers of herb Christopher are white or reddish. The plant blooms in June and after flowering it grows shiny black berries that contain many seeds.

Herb Christopher thrives in mesic and dryish nutrient-rich forests. Its area of distribution covers the whole Europe and Russia.

All parts of herb Christopher are highly poisonous. However, it has been used as a component when making ink and as a medicinal herb for skin diseases. Its roots have been used to make pesticide to repel bedbugs. Herb Christophers appearance resembles red-fruited baneberry (Actaea erythrocarpa) and the species are able to crossbreed.

Herb Christopher is a common species in both protected and commercial groves

Herb christopher

ACTAEA SPICATA

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aspen
aspen
1-5y
grove
birch
birch
6-20y
ridge
pine
pine
21-50y
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spruce
51-100y
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