This plant has poison characteristics. See below.
- Common Name(s):
- Common juniper
- Poisonous Plants
This plant is seldom damaged by deer.
- Low, evergreen shrub or small tree; leaves small, short needle-like (awn or awl shaped), tightly crowded on the twig, 3 at a whorl; fleshy seed cones bluish and berry-like.
- North temperate America and Europe
- USA, NC.
- Poison Part:
- Fleshy cones (resemble berries), leaves
- Poison Delivery Mode:
- Large amounts may cause diarrhea
- EDIBLE PARTS: "Berries" used to flavor gin and for cooked meats and red cabbage. Juniper tea can be made by placing a dozen young berryless twigs in a quart of cold water; bring to a boil then allow to simmer for 10 minutes. Strain and use as regular tea, in small quantities. SOURCE: Angier, B. 1974. Field Guide to Edible Wild Plants. Stackpole Books, Harrisburg, Pa, 255 pp.
- Toxic Principle:
- Volatile oils including thujone
- CAUSES ONLY LOW TOXICITY IF EATEN
- Found in:
- Forest or natural area, native on high mountain tops; landscape cultivated ornamental shrub, groundcover, small tree
NCCES plant id: 1074