Name: Stacy F.
Date: Thursday, September 12, 2002
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.
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
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.
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