Firethorn (Pyracantha)

  • Firethorn
  • Firethorn
  • Firethorn


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Originating from Southern Europe and Asia Minor, the Pyracantha, better known by the name Firethorn, is commonly-found on the French Riviera and is prevalent in the grounds of the four-star campsite Les Jardins de La Pascalinette®.

After flowering, it produces beautiful orange-red or yellow berries. But approach with caution – its spines are vicious!

Pyracantha berries are not really toxic, but you should avoid eating them even so! It is a colonizing plant that spreads relatively fast. It often forms delightful hedges where you can see birds feeding on its fruit. 

Pyracantha also provides a fabulous food pantry for bees, which covet its pollen and nectar.


Latin name :Pyracantha (Grec)
Family :Rosaceae
Color :White flowers and orange-red or yellow berries
Foliage :Serrated leaves
Port :Spiny ornamental shrub
Height :Up to 6 m
Flowering :June, October, November, December

Did you know?

Although the berries aren't exactly toxic, they can cause stomach pain and vomiting.