by Josephine Andrews
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Laburnum is native to southern and south-eastern Europe. In Central Europe, the lepidopteran is a popular ornamental shrub in gardens and parks because of its golden yellow flowers.


The shrub or tree, which can be up to six meters high, is deciduous, which means that it only bears leaves in the summer months. The golden-yellow butterfly blossoms, which hang in clusters from the branches from May to June, are striking. This develops into silky hairy pods with brown seeds.

Toxic parts

Laburnum flowers, fruits and seeds in particular are poisonous. For young children, eating as little as three to four fruits or 15 to 20 seeds can be fatal. The main active ingredients are so-called alkaloids, which act on the central nervous system.

Possible symptoms

Children in particular tend to eat the fruits and seeds of laburnum. Symptoms are similar to those of nicotine poisoning and come on very quickly (15 minutes to an hour after ingestion). First, a burning sensation can be felt in the mouth and throat, the flow of saliva increases, and those affected feel thirst, nausea , and gagging. Prolonged vomiting is also possible. In addition, the pupils are dilated, tremors set in, and convulsions can occur.

First aid

Remove any plant debris that may still be in your mouth (spit out, rinse). Subsequent fluid intake makes sense, especially if one or two seeds have already been swallowed. Avoid milk, however, because it can promote the absorption of the poison. In any case, consult a doctor, especially if you experience any of the above symptoms. The poison information center can also provide helpful first aid tips.

useful information

Some people confuse laburnum flowers with the white, non-poisonous flowers of false acacia.

In homeopathy , laburnum is used for seasickness, nervous insomnia and migraines.

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