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ChattoChatto Posts: 5

Hello, is this deadly nightshade, some other nightshade or the solanum crispum?

It is about 5' high, on a thin woody stem, it supports itself on adjacent shrubs.  We've got flowers and berries at the same time.  Mainly green so far, but some gone red as per picture.  The flowers are tiny, purple, in groups of 4 or so.

Picture below




  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Posts: 83,905

    Hi Chatto - to post a pic click on the green tree icon on the toolbar above where you type your post image

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

  • ChattoChatto Posts: 5


     I've tried this upload about 3 times!

  • landgirl100landgirl100 Posts: 655

    Photo doesn't enlarge, but looks like Woody Nightshade, Solanum dulcamara, to me.

  • ChattoChatto Posts: 5

    What are the differences?


  • ChattoChatto Posts: 5

    When you click on "images" for Deadly Nightshade, the flower images look very similar to those for woody nightshade, but in the above links, not so much.  The major difference if I read it correctly is that the berries of the deadly type go green to black and the woody go green to red and never to black.  Is that right?  

  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 27,159

    5 foot tall on thin woody stems

    Solanum dulcamara, should have a somewhat musty smell when you damage the stems.

    Atropa belladonna flowers aren't like that either, they're more like scopolia flowers in shape, not open stars with the sticking out bit in the middle.

    Having said that I think some people use deadly nightshade as the common name for S. dulcamara (and probably ll the other nightshades as well.

    Atropa bella-donna is the one that's used for dilating pupils and killing people. S. dulcamara is poisonous but not so much

    In the sticks near Peterborough
  • Katherine WKatherine W Posts: 410

    S. dulcamara flowers, close up, are incredibly beautiful. They have green eyes. I embroidered them once (well, that's a big identification help, right?? image )

  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 27,159

    Yes it is Katherineimage

    Many of the wild and weed brigade are quite lovelyimage

    In the sticks near Peterborough
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