Deadly Nightshade

Purple flowers

Atropa belladonna Solanum dulcamara, Ridgewood Reservoir, 2007-06-09

This infamous plant is invasive in North America (introduced from Europe) but it’s not especially common or a problem like Kudzu or Garlic Mustard.

3 Responses to “Deadly Nightshade”

  1. Matthew Says:

    I’m sure that’s not Deadly Nightshade. I think its the slightly less spectacular Woody Nightshade.
    I’ve seen Deadly Nightshade just once in Edinburgh, Scotland. It is a scary looking plant. I think it was an escapee. I believe it was widely cultivated in that area centuries ago for medicinal purposes.

  2. Elliotte Rusty Harold Says:

    Some googling shows you’re right. This is Woody Nightshade, which does indeed go by the name “Deadly Nightshade” in some sources. However, common names are tricky; and it is definitely not Atropa belladonna. Rather it is Solanum dulcamara.

  3. Fauster Labossiere Says:

    I spotted an Italian Lizard on the exit ramp of the Southern State Parkway (Valley Stream) heading east today 5/23/09 around 10:27 AM.

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