Actaea pachypoda, white baneberry or doll's eyes
Its flower cluster is made up of many small flowers on one stem.
Each flower has its own stalk, called a peduncle, and the tip of
the flowering stem continues to produce flower buds after the
first/lowest blooms have opened.
This flower cluster is called a raceme. Gardeners often call
such a cluster a spike because it is longer than wide. Baneberry's
cluster elongates as it blooms and ripens seed, finishing as an
attractive stem of white berries tipped with black dots (doll's
eyes), the whole thing about twice as long as it is wide. (The
berries are its most toxic part, thus the commn name
Below: A spike flower is also one with many florets on one
stem and the tip continuing to grow as the base blooms. However, to
be technically correct, it's only a spike if each flower in the
group is attached directly to the stem -- it has no