Photo of Eastern Black Nightshade (Solanum ptychanthum): Nightshade that's poison isn't it

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Name: Marilyn
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CDsSister
Jul 6, 2012 6:25 PM CST
Do you grow it for the leaves. The flowers are too small to make much of a show, eh? Nightshade is poison isn't it?
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Name: Ann ~Heat zn 9, Sunset
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flaflwrgrl
Jul 6, 2012 6:53 PM CST
Nope. I don't grow it at all. It's a weed here --- grows all over the place. But the birds eat the berries as quick as they can! This was growing in the crack of the cement driveway. A very tough weed.

Yes, it's poison.
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Name: Gabriel
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Cyclaminist
Sep 14, 2016 4:46 PM CST
Actually, it's edible when ripe and has quite a nice flavor, kind of like boysenberries.
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Bonehead
Sep 14, 2016 4:59 PM CST
When the berries are green, they contain the toxin alkaloid. When ripe, they are edible, as Gabriel notes. It also appears to be native in several parts of the U.S. So, perhaps a weed to some, a welcome plant to others.
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Name: Gabriel
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Cyclaminist
Sep 14, 2016 6:02 PM CST
Quite right: they are poisonous when young. But fortunately, the toxic alkaloid also tastes absolutely horrible (very bitter), like a potato that has been exposed to sun and has turned green, so there is little risk of you poisoning yourself. I just tasted a green berry and had to spit it out. (Don't worry, I'm fine: it's not so poisonous that it would kill me to taste it, as foxglove and hemlock would be.)
Name: Ann ~Heat zn 9, Sunset
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flaflwrgrl
Sep 14, 2016 8:44 PM CST
Very interesting Gabriel. I never knew the ripe fruit could be eaten. Thanks for that info.
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