The Garden Community for Garden Lovers

yorkshire, United Kingdom Gb

Why I asked about the Kochia is because I have read that it is invasive and poisonous.Am I right in assuming that this is correct?



Kochia (syn Bassia) seems to be of low toxicity. The only references I've got to it are to do with poisoning in cattle and sheep but even here most of the cattle fed it, in trials, just didn't do well rather than suffering severe poisoning.

Most of my library has no mention of it.

8 Apr, 2012


First ive heard of that !!! We've used it in our summer bedding displays on Brighton parks for many years.

8 Apr, 2012


It is invasive in warmer parts of the world, but in the UK, this plant is a half hardy annual, or at least, the 'burning bush' Bassia scoparia (previously Kochia scoparia) is, which is the only one that thrives in Britain anyway. So here, no, it's not invasive at all, it'll be dead by December most years. It's also not poisonous.

8 Apr, 2012


Thankyou to you all

9 Apr, 2012

How do I say thanks?

Answer question


Not found an answer?