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
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.