Firethorn (Pyracantha) at the campsite in the Provence

Firethorn (Pyracantha)

Pyracantha (Grec)

Par Brosen — Travail personnel, CC BY 2.5,

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.

Carte d'identité :

  • Nom latin : Pyracantha (Grec)
  • Famille : Rosaceae
  • Couleur(s) : White flowers and orange-red or yellow berries
  • Feuillage : Serrated leaves
  • Forme : Spiny ornamental shrub
  • Hauteur : Up to 6 m
  • Floraison : June, October, November, December

Le saviez-vous ?

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