White Bryony Bryonia dioica

Bryonia dioica Jacq.

Plant height 2-3 m. Flower width 1-1.8 cm.

This is a creeping, scrambling plant which grows up walls, fences and hedges using coiled tendrils to grip and attach itself. The flowers are a greenish white with distinct darker veins. The leaves palmate with 5 lobes. The bright red berrries the plant produces are poisonous.

It flowers May to September, and is found in scrub, woodland margins and hedgerows. Common and widespread in England but scarcer elsewhere.