This plant has poison characteristics. See below.
- Common Name(s):
- Ligustrum, Privet
- Poisonous Plants
Listed as invasive in North Carolina by:
- North Carolina Native Plant Society, "Significant Threat"
- NC State University, Department of Forestry and Environmental Resources
Not listed as invasive in North Carolina by:
- Evergreen or deciduous shrubs; leaves simple, opposite, with smooth margins; flowers small, white, 4-parted, tubular, in terminal clusters; fruit a semi-fleshy, black berry.
- Poison Part:
- Leaves and Berries
- Poison Delivery Mode:
- Abdominal pain, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, headache, weakness, low blood pressure, cold and clammy skin possibly lasting 48 to 72 hours
- Toxic Principle:
- Glycosides: syringin (ligustrin), a glycoside; shikimic acid (lowest toxic dose 4,000mg); and others
- Treat with caution
- Found in:
- Weedy in disturbed areas around buildings; escaped and naturalized in moist areas; landscape as evergreen ornamental shrub.
NCCES plant id: 1081