White Baneberry is more commonly known as Doll’s Eyes, which is a great name for it since the fruits could easily be plucked and plopped into some china doll’s eye sockets.
The plant is 1-3 feet tall and really stands out in a nice woodland setting. It is named Baneberry for a reason. The berries, and for that matter the whole plant, is toxic. It is in the buttercup family (Ranunculaceae), of which all species have a chemical called Ranunculin. This is a fairly complicated chemical that can cause all sorts of problems if ingested, which happens more with farm animals that with people. Don’t let your kids play with the berries!