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Black Nightshade

Solanum nigrum

Plant Data

Order:
Solanales
Family:
Solanaceae (Nightshade)
Flowering Months:
JAN  FEB  MAR  APR  MAY  JUN  JUL  AUG  SEP  OCT  NOV  DEC
Flowers:
5 white petals with joined sepals, yellow anthers.
Fruit:
Small green and glossy berries, later turning purplish-black once ripe.
Leaves:
An annual plant with very hairy leaves, alternate along the stems. Simple and toothed.
Maximum Size:
70cm tall.
Foraging Notes:
Nightshade species are well known as being very poisonous, however, our research has revealed that you can eat certain parts of this plant. The fruit can be cooked and eaten. The young shoots can be eaten either raw or cooked. The taste is said to be similar to an unpleasant-tasting tomato. The fruit can be used in jams and preservatives. The leaves can be used in soups. Never eat a raw or unripe green Black Nightshade fruit. The fruit contains a poison called solanine.
Never consume a wild plant unless you are 100% certain that it is safe to eat and you know that you have identified it correctly.
Aroma:
Smells musky when wilting.
Other Names:
Common Nightshade, Deadly Nightshade, Duscle, European Black Nightshade, Garden Huckleberry, Garden Nightshade, Hound's Berry, Petty Morel, Popolo, Small-fruited Black Nightshade, Stubbleberry, Wonderberry.
Habitats:
Ditches, farmland, gardens, riverbanks, roadsides, wasteland, woodland.