Alternative common names:
Rivina, baby pepper, coral berry (English); bloedbessie (Afrikaans)
A perennial herb growing up to 1m high with spreading branches which are softly downy when young. It has light green, thin leaves which are oval in profile with smooth margins. White or greenish to rosy flowers appear from October to June and this plant produces bright red berries. The leaves, roots and fruit are poisonous.
Where does this species come from?North, Central and South America.
What is its invasive status in South Africa?CARA 2002 - Category 1 NEMBA - Category 1b
Where in South Africa is it a problem?KwaZulu-Natal, Gauteng
How does it spread?Seeds
Why is it a problem?
Competes with indigenous species. Poisonous
What does it look like?
General description: A perennial herb which sometimes has a woody base and growing up to 1m high with spreading branches.
Leaves: Light green, thin leaves with oval branches which narrow to a point.
Flowers: White or greenish to rosy flowers from October to June.
Fruit/seeds: Bright red berries.
Does the plant have any uses?