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(Daphne mezereum)

Photo: Håkan Tunón.

Daphne is a bush that grows both wild and cultivated in gardens and parks in Sweden. Flowers appear on bare branches in the spring. The pink blossoms are followed by leaves and then by bright red berries in the late summer.

The poisonous substance mezerin, causes severe irritation of the skin and mucous membranes and can even cause damage to the kidneys. Eating the berries induces stomach problems, diarrhoea and vomiting.