Elderberry or American Elder
- Bushy shrub with brittle, weak branches
- Feather-like leaves are arranged in opposite pairs. Each leaf has 5-7 leaflets with toothed margins. When crushed, leaves have an unpleasant smell.
- Star-shaped white flowers in large, umbrella-shaped clusters
- Purple-black berry
Type: Toxic Parts:
Note: Toxicity scale ranges from minor harm to most poisonous (1-4)
Leaves, twigs (stems), roots, unripe fruits
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The list of poisonous plants on this Web site does not necessarily include every poisonous plant that is known or that might be found in a home or yard. The University of Kansas Hospital does not advise eating any of the plants on this web site. We discourage the use of any of these plants for self medication. The information on this site is taken from the literature, and the degree of reliability is unknown. In case of accidental exposure or ingestion, contact the Poison Center 1-800-222-1222.