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WOLF BERRY IN THE SUMMER GARDEN
In some of the bosquets of the Summer Garden, bright doubled red berries are seen on low bushes. This is common forest honeysuckle, or, as the people call it, wolfberry. Real honeysuckle, common or forest (lat. Lonicera xylosteum) is an unpretentious shrub, which is often used to decorate the backyard area. The bushes are resistant to adverse conditions, pests and diseases, actively grow, and are covered with red inedible berries every year. Do not confuse blue and forest honeysuckle: the first species is eaten, and the forest variety is poisonous. Red fruits contain the toxic substance xylosteine, which causes vomiting and diarrhea. However, berries, bark and foliage are used by experts in traditional medicine as a laxative, emetic, and wound healing agent.
Despite its toxic properties, the shrub is used for suburban and urban landscaping, as it is decorative, blooms almost immediately after the foliage blooms. In high season, bright red berries look beautiful against the background of green foliage. They are paired, fused at the base, or free, but dark red garnet color.
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