The delicate, white flowers of doll's eyes are small, measuring 6 mm. in width, and are arranged within a wide, slightly elongated flower cluster atop the terminal shoot of the stem. Each bloom has 4-10 widely spaced, diamond-shaped petals that surround a circle of long, sprawling stamens and a single, exaggeratedly-ovate pistil.
The fruit of the doll's eye grow out of the flower structures and, as indicated by its name, are round, white berries tipped with a single, black dot, and connected to a shockingly blood-red fruit stalk. The berries form a wide, slightly elongated cluster that gorily resembles a collection of eyeballs, connected by a network of red veins.
The compound leaves of this plant are several and contain a few small (10 c. in length), broadly-lanceolate, irregularly-toothed, irregularly-lobed, oppositely arranged, deep-green leaflets.
Doll's eyes grow best in rich woods and in thickets.
Although the berries of this plant may look too gruesome to eat, they should also be avoided because of the high levels of toxins in their flesh.
Other names attributed to doll's eyes include white baneberry, named so for the toxic properties of its fruit.