I am interested in knowing if the berries of Nandina plants are poisonous. We have several such plants around our yard and would like to know how careful we need to be with our little boy.
According to this North Carolina State University Web site, the berries of Nandina have a slight toxicity.
Scientific Name: Nandina domestica
Common Name: Nandina, heavenly bamboo
Plant Description: Evergreen shrub; leaves alternate and clasping at base, 2 to 3 pinnately divided; flowers white in a terminal cluster; fruit bright red berries
Where Found: Weedy in disturbed areas; in landscape, cultivated ornamental woody shrub, persisting after planting and escaping
Mode: Ingestion. Poisonous Part: Berries
Symptoms: No cases reported in humans, but berries are possibly toxic to cats and some grazing animals
Toxic Principle: Unknown
Severity: CAUSES ONLY LOW TOXICITY IF EATEN.