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Name: Stacy F.
Status: other
Age: 30s
Location: N/A
Country: N/A
Date: Thursday, September 12, 2002


Question:
I have a non-fragrant honeysuckle vine in my backyard which produces red trumpet-shaped flowers and red berries. I do not know the exact name of this vine, but I need to know whether or not these berries are poisonous, and how many would a 30 pound toddler have to eat before he should see a doctor.


Replies:
http://newton.dep.anl.gov/askasci/bio99/bio99500.htm

Some honeysuckles are edible but others are poisonous. Some berries that birds eat are poisonous to humans. Unless you have an expert at a USDA cooperative extension check them out, I would advise against eating honeysuckle berries.

http://www.hepting.com/thebot/catalog97.htm

http://www.ces.ncsu.edu/depts/hort/hil/hil-8513.html

http://www.aapcc.org/

Sincerely,

Anthony R. Brach


I am not sure which honeysuckle you have, so you should check locally with a nature center, poison control center, agriculture extension or the like. Some honeysuckles, including the common tartarian honeysuckle which is a shrub, not a vine, have been reported to be mildly toxic to children. See previous reply on the NEWTON Ask A Scientist archive page.

J. Elliott



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