White Bryony



Hazard Information

Route: Skin/Ingestion     Plant Part: Berries, Roots

Scale: Low

Vomiting, diarrhoea, stomach pains, breathing problems.



Common Name(s)

White Bryony

Latin Name

Bryonia Dioica


This plant is not related to Black Bryony. The leaves are light green and have three or five broadly pointed lobes. The leaves and stems are covered in stiff hairs. The greenish-white flowers grow in clusters at the base of the leaves, when the leaves yellow and die back dullish red berries appear.


The berries of the plant are more likely to be eaten by children, only a few can cause poisoning. The roots if eaten can also cause poisoning.


Vomiting, diarrhoea, stomach pains, breathing problems.

Flowering Period

Summer flowers, berries in autumn.


Woods, thickets throughout Britain. Less common in the north. Grows intertwined through other trees and shrubs.