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Scootberry Streptopus amplexifolius

Other Common Name(s):

Other plants called Scootberry:

Phonetic Spelling
STREP-toh-pus am-pleks-ih-FOH-lee-us
This plant has low severity poison characteristics.
See below
Description

Perennial, erect, branched herb; leaves alternate, simple, clasping at base; flowers solitary, 6-parted, bell-shaped, whitish to rose; fruit a red berry, hanging below the leaves.

It can typically be found growing in forests or other natural areas in rich soil.

Although this plant is classified as poisonous, tender young shoots with leaves may be added to a salad, a few berries make a pleasant nibble.

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Tags:
#herb garden#NC native#poisonous berries#wildflower garden
 
Cultivars / Varieties:
Tags:
#herb garden#NC native#poisonous berries#wildflower garden
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Streptopus
    Species:
    amplexifolius
    Family:
    Liliaceae
    Life Cycle:
    Perennial
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    Temp. Northern Hemisphere
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Herb
    Native Plant
    Poisonous
    Wildflower
    Habit/Form:
    Erect
  • Cultural Conditions:
    NC Region:
    Mountains
  • Fruit:
    Fruit Color:
    Red/Burgundy
    Fruit Type:
    Berry
    Fruit Description:
    Berries hang below the leaves.
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    Red/Burgundy
    White
    Flower Bloom Time:
    Summer
    Flower Shape:
    Bell
    Flower Petals:
    6 petals/rays
    Flower Description:
    One or two whitish-rose small rose flowers with recurved petals in each leaf axis.
  • Leaves:
    Leaf Color:
    Green
    Leaf Type:
    Simple
    Leaf Arrangement:
    Alternate
    Hairs Present:
    No
    Leaf Description:
    Leaves clasp at the base.
  • Stem:
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
    Stem Description:
    The flower stalk has a bend near the middle of the stem.
  • Poisonous to Humans:
    Poison Severity:
    Low
    Poison Symptoms:
    Unknown cases, but suspected due to close relationship with known toxic plants.
    Poison Toxic Principle:
    Possibly cardiac glycosides.
    Causes Contact Dermatitis:
    No
    Poison Part:
    Fruits