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Common Snowberry

Symphoricarpos albus

Plant Data

Order:
Dipsacales
Family:
Caprifoliaceae (Honeysuckle)
Flowering Months:
JAN  FEB  MAR  APR  MAY  JUN  JUL  AUG  SEP  OCT  NOV  DEC
Flowers:
Tiny pink bell-shaped flowers in minute tight clusters.
Fruit:
Pure white globular berries which are borne clumped together.
Leaves:
A deciduous shrub. Roundish, green, simple, untoothed and short-stalked leaves, arranged in opposite pairs along the stems. Up to 4cm in length.
Maximum Size:
2 meters tall.
Foraging Notes:
Poisonous. However, some experts say you can eat the berries if picked and cooked at exactly the right time. This is certainy not a risk worth taking in my opinion.
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:
The flowers have a rancid odour.
Other Names:
Ghostberry, Waxberry, White Coralberry.
Habitats:
Floodplains, gardens, riverbanks, scrub, wasteland, waterside, woodland.