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Bittersweet

Solanum dulcamara

Plant Data

Order:
Solanales
Family:
Solanaceae (Nightshade)
Flowering Months:
JAN  FEB  MAR  APR  MAY  JUN  JUL  AUG  SEP  OCT  NOV  DEC
Flowers:
5 bright purple bent back petals, anthers forming a bright yellow pointed cone, up to 1.5cm across. Sepals and stalks are also sometimes purple.
Fruit:
Clusters of round green berries, later turn yellow, orange or bright red.
Leaves:
Alternate, pointed and oval. Often with one or more pairs of basal ovate lobes, or leaflets at the base.
Maximum Size:
150cm tall.
Foraging Notes:
Very poisonous. This plant has no edible parts.
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.
Other Names:
Amara Dulcis, Bitter Nightshade, Bittersweet Nightshade, Blue Bindweed, Blue Nightshade, Climbing Nightshade, Common Nightshade, Dwale, European Bittersweet, Fellen, Fellenwort, Felonwood, Fever Twig, Fool's Cap, Poisonberry, Poisonflower, Rubabarik, Scarlet Berry, Skawcoo, Snakeberry, Tether-devil, Trailing Bittersweet, Violet Bloom, Wild Potato Flower, Wolfgrape, Woody Nightshade.
Habitats:
Fens, hedgerows, woodland.