Is Jerusalem Cherry Poisonous to Cats and Dogs?

Jerusalem Cherry

The Jerusalem Cherry is poisonous for both cats and dogs.

Typical symptoms include depression, diarrhea, drooling, gastrointestinal disturbances, seizures, respiratory depression, shock, and ulceration of the gastrointestinal system.

This plant is commonly known as the Madeira winter cherry, or, ambiguously, “winter cherry”. Jerusalem Cherry is a nightshade species with mildly poisonous fruit. These perennials can be grown decoratively as house plants, but in some areas of South Africa, Australia and New Zealand it is regarded as a weed.

The scientific name for this plant is Solanum pseudocapsicum. Additional names for this plant include Madeira Winter Cherry, Natal Cherry, and Winter Cherry.

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