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Is this poisonous

Can anyone identify this shrub for me.

I have moved house and have about 20 of these plants in the garden.

with children and pets I want to make sure they are ok and not poisonous.





  • XX Posts: 707

    We're good on here AG, but not that good - no photo image

  • addictaddict Posts: 659

    Bet I know what it is....I can sense it lol. Love the squirrel Paula image

  • I have posted a photo on and you can see it at my end. image 

    I'll have a look and see what I have done wrong

    Thanks for letting me know

    Can you let me know if it comes through this time?





  • WelshonionWelshonion Posts: 3,114

    That's a Hypericum.  Pets usually know what to avoid.  Children have to be trained to leave berries and such-like severely alone unless an adult who know is with them.  Indeed it is best to make it a rule that edible berries should be taken into the house to eat.

    Definitely do not get paranoid about poisonous plants or you will be able to grow nothing!

  • XX Posts: 707

    Yep can see it now, looks like a type of Hypericum inodorum, if it is, the berries are a poisonous phototoxin which will cause skin burns or rashes if ingested and then skin is exposed to sunlight.

  • addictaddict Posts: 659

    Aha image Upside down Hypericum lol. Yes berries poisonous unfortunatly.

  • Thanks for your replies - someone told us it might be deadly nightshade, so we were a bit worried.

    Might get rid of most of them as they are not very attractive.

    Never really had much of a garden before. any suggestions as to a good replacement for them.  Something pretty but needing not much looking after.



  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 27,417

    give those a good haircut this winter and they'll be a lot more attractive

    In the sticks near Peterborough
  • XX Posts: 707
    addict wrote (see)

    Bet I know what it is....I can sense it lol. Love the squirrel Paula image

    Thanks Addict, I took the photo in the Lake District a while ago.

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