Woody Nightshade

Solanum dulcamara, Solanaceae, Bittersweet, Bi...

Solanum dulcamara, Solanaceae, Bittersweet, Bittersweet nightshade, Bitter Nightshade, Blue Bindweed, Amara Dulcis, Climbing Nightshade, Fellenwort, Felonwood, Poisonberry, Poisonflower, Scarlet Berry, Snakeberry, Trailing Bittersweet, Trailing Nightshade, Violet Bloom, Woody Nightshade, flowers. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

This is Solanum dulcamara, Woody Nightshade, a pretty plant that can commonly be seen scrambling through hedgerows. I found the specimen pictured below when I was preparing the ground for planting the Rosa rugosa hedge, and I decided to leave it to scramble through the new planting when it matures. I thought I would keep it chopped back until it had a support to wind around, but of course I didn’t and now it has rather swamped one end of my rose hedge. In future I will let the hedge develop before letting climbers do their thing! Woody Nightshade sports flowers with deep blue, minute, petals that fold backwards away from bright yellow anthers towards the stem. These appear in midsummer and are followed by green berries that eventually turn a vivid shade of red.


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