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John952John952 Posts: 21

i've just identified climbing nightshade growing up the hawthorn hedge at back of one of my borders. It's actually quite pretty but I'm wondering firstly, is it really dangerous to leave and also how invasive it is? If I should destroy it, how best to go about it? Thank you


  • I assume that you are in the USA, this site is British. I have never heard of Climbing Nightshade, which does not grow here, so I looked it up on Wiki, but it doesn't seem to be much to worry about, and it even seems to have some medicinal use. 

    Last edited: 07 August 2017 23:02:08

  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 27,364

    Solanum dulcamara grows here, aka Bittersweet and probably many other names to confuse. It grows in my garden, funny smell when the stems and leaves are crushed 

    Is that the plant you have? Don't eat it, it won't eat you. image

    In the sticks near Peterborough
  • John952John952 Posts: 21

    Yes that's the one. Alan I am in Staffordshire! 

    So safe to leave & not too invasive?

    thanks for replies

  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Posts: 86,997

    Fine to leave ... birds will thank you for the berries ... just don't eat them yourself.  Learn to recognise the leaves so that if it appears in places in the garden where you don't want it you can weed it out. image

    Gardening in Central Norfolk on improved gritty moraine over chalk ... free-draining.

  • John952John952 Posts: 21

    thanks all

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