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Firethorn

Pyracantha coccinea

Plant Data

Order:
Rosales
Family:
Rosaceae (Rose)
Flowering Months:
JAN  FEB  MAR  APR  MAY  JUN  JUL  AUG  SEP  OCT  NOV  DEC
Flowers:
Tight clusters of white flowers, 5 petals.
Fruit:
The berries can be yellow, orange or red. The berries appear in large quantities in tight clusters, ripening in September and persisting throughout winter.
Leaves:
A thorny evergreen shrub. Dark green, alternate, glossy, narrowly elliptical leaves. The leaves have serrated edges and are paler underneath.
Maximum Size:
5 meters tall.
Foraging Notes:
The berries are slightly poisonous because they contain 'cyanogenic glycosides'. Consumption may lead to gastro-intestinal problems if eaten in large amounts. Very bitter-tasting so probably advisable to cook them. Jam can be made from the berries.
Never consume a wild plant unless you are 100% certain that it is safe to eat and you know that you have identified it correctly.
Aroma:
Sweet-smelling.
Other Names:
Pyracantha, Red Firethorn, Scarlet Firethorn.
Habitats:
Gardens, hedgerows, woodland.