Black Bryony is a climbing hedgerow and woodland edge plant that flowers between May and August and produces red and shiny berries that can be seen, covered in frost, in winter. Our only native member of the yam family, Black Bryony is actually highly poisonous. Despite its name and superficial resemblance, it is not a relative of White Bryony.
How to identify
Black Bryony is a twisting climber but lacks the tendrils of White Bryony. Its leaves are heart-shaped, glossy and their veins form a net pattern. Black Bryony displays yellow-green, six-petalled flowers and red berries.
Where to find it
Predominantly found in England and Wales.