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Pyracantha berries are not poisonous. They are very bitter tasting but are edible when cooked. Pyracantha plants produce white flowers in late spring to early summer and red, orange or yellow berries in fall and winter.

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Wild rabbits have stripped all of the bark off of my pyracantha bushes this winter. They have even chewed off some lower limbs and ate them, thorns and all. I am not sure about the berries, though, as they are up higher off of the ground.

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Yes, being poked by pyracantha thorns can result in poison-like reactions.

Specifically, the shrub in question belongs to the genus Pyracantha. It includes among its common names "firethorn" because of the allergic reactions which contact may provoke in susceptible individuals. The woody plant shelters hydrogen cyanide (HCN) within its parts, especially the berries and the sap. The internal quantity of the toxic poison will be sufficient to irritate the skin through contact with sap and thorns or to provoke diarrhea and vomiting through ingestion of berries.

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Yes, Pyracantha bushes can be poisonous.

Specifically, the plant in question carries the common name firethorn. The name cautions plant-lovers of the irritation provoked by being scratched by the plant's thorny branches and trunk. As is the case with the rest of the plant, the thorn in fact contains small amounts of hydrogen cyanide (HCN). The presence of the compound makes the berries particularly disagreeable, distasteful and downright upsetting to attempt to eat.

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That they contain hydrogen cyanide and that the compound is present throughout the plant are the ways in which Pyracantha plants are poisonous.

Specifically, the plant in question belongs to the scientific genus Pyracantha. The name can be rendered from Greek into English as "fire thorn" from the combination of πῦρ (pyr, "fire") and ἄκανθα (akantha, "thorn"). Firethorn in fact functions as one of the plant's common names. It serves to caution admirers, collectors, and cultivators of the irritating reaction to being scratched by the thorn-riddled branches and trunk.

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