Nandina domestica Heavenly Bamboo toxic berries?

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    SusieS Active Member

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    Appreciate information on the toxicity of Nandina domestica. Are the berries toxic to birds? Also has anyone in the Vancouver area had issues with the plants spreading by runners? My understanding was that this plant did not have bamboo spreading issues. Thanks in advance!
     
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    wcutler Esteemed Contributor Forums Moderator VCBF Cherry Scout 10 Years

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    The page at Are nandina berries poisonous? says
    The page at Nandina Not Bamboo says
    It does on to say that it may be the seeds that contain the hydrocyanic acid, and it quotes another well-known source that claims to make jam from the berries.

    Though the common name is Heavenly Bamboo, it is not related to bamboo and does not spread by runners.
     
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    Michael F Paragon of Plants Forums Moderator 10 Years

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    Cooking to make jam will detoxify the cyanide.
     
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    Thank you all for the responses to my Nandina questions.! I have also read that the berries are poisonous to small pets does anyone have any info on that? I can't imagine many cats or dogs eating the berries, but would like gather as much knowledge on this topic as possible. Cheers.:)
     

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