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Nightshade


Scientific Name     

Solanum dulcamara    L.

Family Name

solanaceae  (Nightshade/Tomato family) 

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Characteristics: 

Habitat: 

open, moist to mesic (wet)  woods

Plant Height: 

1-3 m, climbing or scrambling vine

Flower Color: 

purple with yellow center

Flower: 

perfect; 1.5 cm wide, 4-5-lobed corolla, stamens 5, yellow anthers form central cone

Inflorescence: 

loose, axillary and terminal cymes or panicles

Fruit: 

bright red, drooping berry

Leaves: 

distinctive, alternate, 3-parted, halberd-shaped

Bloom Time: 

May-September

Origins: 

non-native, Eurasia

Other: 

naturalized throughout East and East-Central United States; plants contain solanine (poisonous alkaloid); known as Deadly or Bittersweet Nightshade