Hello folks - my first posting! Hope someone can help?

i am in the process of getting to know my new garden of 18 months and it has some great climbers!  However one is getting munched by something and I wonder if anyone can confirm my own ID of a Solanum Crispum and ID the pest problem?


I haven't been able to spot the pest but the plant was lost amid a tangle of honeysuckle, ivy and a small standard willow (which was also attacked where they lay together). I'm trying to tame the area and encourage more vigorous growth for next year!




  • BerghillBerghill Posts: 2,825

    Certailny it is a Solanum of some sort. Not sure what eats them other than snails and slugs though.

  • SwissSueSwissSue Posts: 1,447

    Below is a Wiki list of pests that eat Solanum, of which there are several types.


  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 24,230

    Are you sure that's Solanum crispum? It looks very small flowered and weedy. A bit like a sprawling nightshade that grows here. Bittersweet

  • WelshonionWelshonion Posts: 3,115

    Looked like that to me too.  In other words a weed.  Woody Nightshade.

  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 24,230

    I'm never sure which night shade is which Wo. My neighbour always calls this one deadly nightshade but that's what I call Atropa bella-donna.

    The one I'm talking about smell disgusting when it goes through the shredder

  • WelshonionWelshonion Posts: 3,115

    Deadly nightshade is quite different.  Not at all common and confined to chalk soils. And a shrubby plant, not a twiner.  And it has black berries; I think the one pictured will have green (already in the photo) ripening to red/orange berries.

  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 24,230

    This is the one I've got. It's called Bittersweet in my very old wildflower book.

  • WelshonionWelshonion Posts: 3,115

    Bittersweet to me too.

  • Hello folks and thanks -( I'm posting this again so apologies if a reply appears that says similar but I can't see the one I posted from my end the other day) 

    So it seems to be a weed but certainly of not much value appearance wise but the moths like to feed on it!  Maybe if I move it to my wild garden?  

    This site is brilliant!

  • WelshonionWelshonion Posts: 3,115

    The seeds are very viable so soon it will spread all over the garden, so beware!

    And it is of course poisonous.

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