Native poisonous perennial climbing vine up to 3m tall. Dramatic purple and yellow flowers followed by green then bright red fruit. In the same family as deadly nightshade but not as toxic. The flowers and leaves are very similar to the potato, another member of the family. The bright red berries can be attractive to children but there have been few documented fatalities. All of the plant contains the toxin solanine, but the amounts are variable, however touching the plant is not hazardous.
|Common Names||Woody Nightshade, Bittersweet, Scarlet Berry, Felonwort, Violet Bloom|
|Scientific Name||Solanum dulcamara|
The clusters of flowers have striking purple petals surrounding bright yellow centre. Very similar to a potato (another Solonacea, but can have white or purple flowers).
Tomato like (another Solonacea) berries, 8-15mm. Starting green ripening to red. Eaten by the thrush family but poisonous to humans.
As a climber it needs something to climb so hedgerows are an ideal habitat, but anywhere it has a chance to scramble, even long grass around field edges.
Black Nightshade, pictured, looks similar but has white flowers.