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Flowering Nutmeg

Leycesteria formosa

Plant Data

Order:
Dipsacales
Family:
Caprifoliaceae (Honeysuckle)
Flowering Months:
JAN  FEB  MAR  APR  MAY  JUN  JUL  AUG  SEP  OCT  NOV  DEC
Flowers:
Showy purplish-red flower spikes, green bracts, 5 petals.
Fruit:
A soft purplish-black berry, 1cm in diameter.
Leaves:
A deciduous shrub. Simple, opposite, dark green leaves, up to 15cm long and 8cm wide. The leaf margins are either straight or wavy.
Maximum Size:
2 meters tall.
Foraging Notes:
The fruit is edible. Descriptions of the taste vary from treacle to toffee.
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:
Flowers and berries are fragrant.
Other Names:
Elisha's Tears, Granny's Curls, Himalayan Honeysuckle, Himalayan Nutmeg, Pheasant Berry.
Habitats:
Gardens, riverbanks, scrub, woodland.