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Wild Privet (Ligustrum vulgare), fam. Oleaceae.
Semi-evergreen plant - partially keeps its leaves in autumn, thus accumulating a lot of snow on itself. In spring, however, privet unfolds its buds very early (even starting in case of the singnificant wither thaws). In June, privet blooms with racemes of white flowers with stupefying stuffy flavor, attracting a lot of insects. The fruits ripen in autumn; they contain quite concentrated purple colorant, and are moderately poisonous. They can cause stomachaches, vomiting, kidney damage, heart disorders and hypotension. They remain hanging on the bushes until going dry - it seems that the birds do not like them even in the hungry time.