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Solanum dulcamara

Common Names: Bittersweet Nightshade, Climbing Nightshade
Solanum dulcamara
Solanum dulcamara

Scientific Classification

Kingdom: Plantae
Phylum: Tracheophyta
Class: Magnoliopsida
Order: Solanales
Family: Solanaceae
Genus: Solanum
Species: Solanum dulcamara

Conservation Status

Identifying Features

The flowers of bittersweet nightshade are 0.5", purple, clustered, and have five petals with yellow anthers.

The leaves haves two lobes at the base. The plant is a climbing vine.

Habitat & Range

Bittersweet nightshade grows in moist forest edges. It is native to Europe and invasive in North America.

Life Cycle

The flowers bloom from May to September. The berries are green to red in color and are poisonous.

This species is an herbaceous perennial.

Featured image by James Dake.


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