Nightshade

Genus Solanum
Nightshade Family (Solanaceae)




Nightshade vine and flowers

Bittersweet Nightshade
(Solanum dulcamara)

This plant is closely related to potatoes and tomatoes -- all of these are members of the Nightshade Family. All or parts of many of the plants in this family are toxic.

The flower petals are purple, and are curled backward from the bright yellow cone of joined anthers in the center. Later in the year, bright red berries are produced.

The Bittersweet Nightshade is a native of of Eurasia, but has become widespread in North America. It can be found along ditchbanks and in other moist places, where it grows as a vine over other vegetation. The leaves commonly have two small projections at the base.