The American Bittersweet is poisonous for both cats and dogs.
Typical symptoms include diarrhea, seizures, vomiting, and weakness.
This plant’s roots were used by Native American to treat venereal disease, and symptoms of tuberculosis. American is a species of Celastrus that blooms mostly in June and is commonly found on rich, well-drained soils of woodlands. It has colorful, orange fruits that are the size of a pea. These fruits are poisonous to humans when ingested, but are favorites of birds.
The scientific name for this plant is Celastrus scandens. Additional names for this plant include Bittersweet, Climbing Bittersweet, False Bittersweet, Oriental Bittersweet, Shrubby Bittersweet, and Waxwork.
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