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Purging Buckthorn

Rhamnus cathartica

Plant Data

Order:
Rosales
Family:
Rhamnaceae (Buckthorn)
Flowering Months:
JAN  FEB  MAR  APR  MAY  JUN  JUL  AUG  SEP  OCT  NOV  DEC
Flowers:
Greenish-yellow tiny flowers, unstalked, appearing in dense clusters. 4 petals. Male and female flowers appear on separate trees.
Fruit:
The female flowers turn into green berries, later turning purplish-black.
Leaves:
Deciduous. Oval, pointed and finely toothed. In autumn, the leaves turn yellow and brown.
Maximum Size:
8 meters tall.
Foraging Notes:
The whole plant is slightly poisonous.
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 are fragrant.
Other Names:
Buckthorn Berry, Common Buckthorn, European Buckthorn, European Waythorn, French Berry, Glossy Buckthorn, Hart's Thorn, Highwaythorn, Rainberry Thorn, Ramsthorn., Rhineberry, Rhineberry Thorn, Wayworth Redberry.
Habitats:
Fens, hedgerows, scrub.