Family:
Ericaceae
Toxins:
grayanotoxins
Flower Color:
  • flower color
  • flower color
Type:
shrub
Found:
waterside, wetlands, woodlands, fields, upland, gardens, ornamental

Time of Greatest Risk

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Geographical Distribution

Dog-hobble distribution - United States

Related Species

Dog-hobble

Leucothoe fontanesiana

Fetterbush, Black Laurel, Drooping Leucothoe
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Dog-hobble (Leucothoe fontanesiana) is a multi-stemmed, broadleaf evergreen or deciduous shrub which is of the Ericaceae family. L. fontanesiana is native to the mountains of Virginia, Georgia and Tennessee.

L. fontanesiana has long, alternate, simple, taper-pointed leaves that initially grow as a bright green, bronze to purple color which eventually change to a lustrous dark green once it matures. During the winter, L. fontanesiana leaves change back to the bronze purple color.
It produces clusters of elongated, urn-shaped, waxy, creamy white, fragrant flowers with 5 small lobes. The fruits are globular, 5-lobed capsules.

Toxic components
L. fontanesiana leaves contain grayanotoxin (andromedotoxin), which is highly toxic to horses if ingested.