Family:
Ericaceae
Toxins:
grayanotoxins
Flower Color:
  • flower color
  • flower color
Found:
waterside, woodlands, mountains, meadows, gardens, ornamental

Time of Greatest Risk

JFMAMJJASOND

Geographical Distribution

Fetterbush distribution - United States

Related Species

Fetterbush

Leucothoe

Fetterbush, Black Laurel, Drooping Leucothoe
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Leucothoe consists of 6 species of flowering deciduous or evergreen shrubs from the Ericaceae plant family. They are often referred to as Fetterbush or Doghobble. Leucothoe are native to Asia and North and South America. The plants grow to a height of 2 to 4 feet and have alternate, oblong-lanceolate, 2–15 cm long leaves.
Leucothoe produce clusters of elongated, urn-shaped, waxy, creamy white, fragrant flowers with 5 small lobes. The fruits are globular, 5-lobed capsules.

Toxic components
All parts of Leucothoe contain grayanotoxins, which are highly toxic to horses if ingested.