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Lyonia ligustrina

This plant has poison characteristics. See below.
Common Name(s):
Lyonia, Maleberry
Categories:
Native Plants, Poisonous Plants, Shrubs, Trees
Comment:

A drought tolerant deciduous shrub.  Shows the best flower production if half day of direct sun is received.

Wildlife Value: Maleberry is a nectar plant and produces good tasting honey. Members of the genus Lyonia support the following specialized bees: Colletes productu and Melitta (Cilissa) melittoides.

Height:
2-25 ft.
Foliage:
Alternate, simple dark green leaves
Flower:
White flowers in spring on previous season's growth.Small, white or pink, urn-shaped and drooping, in terminal clusters; fruit a globose or pear-shaped capsule, not depressed at the apex.
Zones:
6-8
Habit:
Evergreen
Site:
Partial shade; dry to moist soil
Texture:
Medium
Exposure:
Partial shade; dry to moist soil
Fruit:
White flowers in spring on previous season ft.s growth
Poison Part:
Leaves and nectar from flowers
Poison Delivery Mode:
Ingestion
Symptoms:
Salivation, watering of eyes and nose, slow pulse, nausea, vomiting, sweating, abdominal pain, headache, tingling of skin, lack of coordination, convulsions, paralysis
Toxic Principle:
Andromedotoxin
Severity:
HIGHLY TOXIC, MAY BE FATAL IF EATEN!
Found in:
Forest or natural areas in moist woodlands and pocosins; in landscape cultivated as ornamental woody shrub
Tags:
bees, honey, nectar, pollinator, specialized bees, wildlife, honeybees, native bees, evergreen

NCCES plant id: 505

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Fritz Flohr Reynolds, CC-BY-SA-2.0
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