The red baneberry is an excellent but under-used plant for the shade garden. It can be variable in height, growing up to 40-80 cm, with compound leaves, white flowers in clusters in May-June, followed by shiny ornamental red berries with a small black dot. The red berries are ornamental, holding well into late fall.
It was traditionally employed (the roots) by Native Americans in herbal medicine in various preparations, mainly for women problems. The common name baneberry refers to the plant’s poisonous berries.
Germination: I found a propagation protocol which recommends cold-moist stratification for 3-4 months followed by sowing in the spring. Alternative: sow in late fall in pots and place outside (cover with screening to discourage critters); some seeds may still germinate in the second year.