This is an indigenous perennial plant, suitable for the shrubbery, found in the woods. There are two species or varieties: -A. rubra, with shining red berries, and A. alba, with milk-white berries, tipped with red. Both kinds have white flowers, in spikes, in May. The berries, as well as the flowers, are ornamental. They require a peaty soil, and flourish best in the shade; about two or three feet high.