All parts of yew trees contain toxic alkaloids, except for the bright red arils. The dark green seeds are especially dangerous, unless you're a nuthatch.
The only member of the yam family in our native flora, it has tiny heart-shaped leaves and tiny green flowers that swell into scarlet, poisonous berries.
A member of the potato family. Its highly poisonous fruits are similar in colour, size and shape to ripe cherries and are as tempting to the unwary.
Lords and ladies
The conspicuous spikes of poisonous fruits ripen in the hedgerow after the leaves have withered. Their juice can also cause painful skin irritation.
The flowers are the last nectar source of autumn and are very attractive to pollinators, resulting in clusters of green fruits that ripen to black in spring.
The spindle's crimson foliage, pink fruits and toxic seeds with bright orange arils makes it highly conspicuous in autumn.
A Christmas favourite that is highly decorative, the berries are poisonous and can cause nausea and vomiting if eaten. Leave them for the mistle thrush.
Woody nightshade of bittersweet
This scrambles through hedgerows and sometimes appears in gardens. Its shiny, egg-shaped fruits ripen through yellow to scarlet and should never be eaten.
An uncommon species of woodland edges with prickly stems bearing tiny greenish, star-shaped purple flowers that develop into toxic scarlet fruits.
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