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"Poisonous" does not mean deadly. Some manifestations of toxicity are subtle. The dose, as always, determines if a plant is safe source of nutrients or a toxic hazard.

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BRIEF: Are elderberries poisonous to humans?

I was looking at the list of poisionous Plants and saw Elderberry on the list. I was going to make Elderberry Wine and friend made so and it was good. Are the berries dangerous or is it the leaves of the plant that are poisionous?


The ripe berries add some high color to wine, without harm. The leaves, roots, stem contain some unknown alkaloids, some cyanogens and in some soils, excess nitrates. A high dose of berries can make one sick, but not a little wine.