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Guelder Rose (Viburnum opulus)


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The Guelder Rose is a native British shrub up to 4 metres high. It occurs throughout Britain in woodlands, shrub and hedges usually on fertile, moist soils. The berries should never be eaten raw as they are mildly poisonous. Cooking destroys the poison properties and they are sometimes used in preserves. The dried bark has been used medically as a pain/cramp cure and a sedative. It produces white/cream flowers usually in June-July and bright red fruits in September and October. Pictured near Old Warden, Bedfordshire - 22nd May 2009.

27th Aug 2009 by Diane Earl

Biology, Science

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