Hazard Information

Route: Skin/Ingestion     Plant Part: All

Scale: Low

Rash or blistering on skin contact.

Vomiting and burning when ingested.


Common Name(s)


Latin Name

Hedera Helix


Evergreen climbing or carpet forming. The leaves are dark green, sometimes with a purple tinge. The flowers are small yellowish green in colour.


The berries are the most likely cause of poisoning, but any of the plant can cause a skin reaction.


Vomiting and burning sensation in the mouth and throat. Usually a rash or blistering will appear if handled by anyone with a sensitive skin.

Flowering Period

The plant is evergreen, the flowers appear in autumn with black berries developing and lasting through the spring.


Almost anywhere, woodland, hedgerows, gardens, walls and derelict buildings etc.