Pieris Japonica

Pieris is a beautiful but deadly ornamental shrub, common in modern gardens, that causes vomiting, acute colic, depression and eventually heart failure and death. Carolyn explains more

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Carolyn explains more about our next poisonous plant of the month: Pieris Japonica.

Pieris is a beautiful but deadly ornamental shrub, common in modern gardens, that causes vomiting, acute colic, depression and eventually heart failure and death. I bought one for my garden before I realised how toxic it was!

Related to rhododendrons, laurels and azaleas, Pieris japonica (also known as ‘forest flame’ or ‘mountain fire’) has small white flowers, and the new leaves are red, turning green as they age. The leaves, stems and flowers are all toxic to many species, but it is usually grazing pets such as goats and alpacas that are able to gain access to the plant.

If you have this plant in your garden, keep it safe from curious visitors, and make sure any clippings aren’t discarded where animals can gain access to them. If you have any concerns about your animals and this plant, give us a call at the practice.

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