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Pheasant Berry

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The Pheasant Berry was brought over by the Victorians from the Himalayas or South West China and has toffee tasting berries when ripe but are dreadful and very bitter before then.

Hedgerow Type
Common Names Pheasant Berry, Himalayan Honeysuckle, Flowering Nutmeg, Himalyan Nutmeg
Scientific Name Leycesteria formosa
Season Start Jul
Season End Oct
Please note that each and every hedgerow item you come across may vary in appearance to these photos.

Leaves

Dark green, usually with wavy edges and in pairs opposite each other along the stem.

Flowers

Small, white, trumpet shaped flowers growing in pendulous racemes covered in purple bracts.

Fruit

When ripe the berries are dark brown/purple to almost black and are found under the purple flower bracts.

Habitat

Mainly in formal gardens but can be found self seeded in the wild.

Possible Confusion

Pheasant Berry is a very distinctive looking plant that would be hard to confuse with any other.

Taste

When fully ripe the berries taste of toffee or lightly burned sugar but if not yet ripe the berries are nasty tasting and very bitter.

Frequency

Uncommon in the wild.

Collecting

The berries are ripe when they easily burst while trying to pick them.

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