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19/09/2013 at 16:51

Can anyone identify this shrub for me.

I have moved house and have about 20 of these plants in the garden.

with children and pets I want to make sure they are ok and not poisonous.




19/09/2013 at 16:59

We're good on here AG, but not that good - no photo 

19/09/2013 at 17:03

Bet I know what it is....I can sense it lol. Love the squirrel Paula 

19/09/2013 at 17:04

I have posted a photo on and you can see it at my end.  

I'll have a look and see what I have done wrong

Thanks for letting me know

Can you let me know if it comes through this time?




19/09/2013 at 17:10

That's a Hypericum.  Pets usually know what to avoid.  Children have to be trained to leave berries and such-like severely alone unless an adult who know is with them.  Indeed it is best to make it a rule that edible berries should be taken into the house to eat.

Definitely do not get paranoid about poisonous plants or you will be able to grow nothing!

19/09/2013 at 17:11

Yep can see it now, looks like a type of Hypericum inodorum, if it is, the berries are a poisonous phototoxin which will cause skin burns or rashes if ingested and then skin is exposed to sunlight.

19/09/2013 at 17:12

Aha  Upside down Hypericum lol. Yes berries poisonous unfortunatly.

19/09/2013 at 17:32

Thanks for your replies - someone told us it might be deadly nightshade, so we were a bit worried.

Might get rid of most of them as they are not very attractive.

Never really had much of a garden before. any suggestions as to a good replacement for them.  Something pretty but needing not much looking after.



19/09/2013 at 17:56

give those a good haircut this winter and they'll be a lot more attractive

19/09/2013 at 18:30
addict wrote (see)

Bet I know what it is....I can sense it lol. Love the squirrel Paula 

Thanks Addict, I took the photo in the Lake District a while ago.

19/09/2013 at 19:04

Apprentice Gardener, these hideous things spread like wildfire from the seeds that the birds drop.  I have dug up an unfeasible quantity of them, and while, as nutcutlet says, they are marginally more attractive in the spring/summer (light green foliage, yellow flowers) you probably don't want 20 of them.

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