Black Bryony

Tamus communis

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Black Bryony is a climbing hedgerow and woodland edge plant that flowers between May and August and produces red and shiny berries that can be seen, covered in frost, in winter. Our only native member of the yam family, Black Bryony is actually highly poisonous. Despite its name and superficial resemblance, it is not a relative of White Bryony.

How to identify

Black Bryony is a twisting climber but lacks the tendrils of White Bryony. Its leaves are heart-shaped, glossy and their veins form a net pattern. Black Bryony displays yellow-green, six-petalled flowers and red berries.

Where to find it

Predominantly found in England and Wales.


When to find it

  • May
  • June
  • July
  • August
  • September
  • October
  • November

How can people help

Our hedgerows support all kinds of wildlife, providing vital food and shelter. But these habitats are disappearing with the intensification of agriculture. The Wildlife Trusts are working closely with farmers, landowners and developers to promote wildlife-friendly practices, such as planting hedges and leaving field margins. We have a vision of a 'Living Landscape': a network of habitats and wildlife corridors across town and country, which are good for both wildlife and people. You can support this greener vision for the future by joining your local Wildlife Trust.

Species information

Common name
Black Bryony
Latin name
Tamus communis
Height: up to 3m
Conservation status