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.
|Common Names||Pheasant Berry, Himalayan Honeysuckle, Flowering Nutmeg, Himalyan Nutmeg|
|Scientific Name||Leycesteria formosa|
When ripe the berries are dark brown/purple to almost black and are found under the purple flower bracts.
Pheasant Berry is a very distinctive looking plant that would be hard to confuse with any other.
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.
Uncommon in the wild.
The berries are ripe when they easily burst while trying to pick them.