General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Herb/Forb
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun to Partial Shade
Water Preferences: Mesic
Plant Height: 2 to 5 feet
Plant Spread: 2 to 4 feet or more
Fruit: Showy
Other: Small green berries, maturing to shiny black, each containing numerous tiny seeds.
Flowers: Inconspicuous
Flower Color: White
Bloom Size: Under 1"
Flower Time: Other: Blooms sporadically throughout the year.
Resistances: Humidity tolerant
Toxicity: Leaves are poisonous
Fruit is poisonous
Pollinators: Various insects

Common names
  • Black Nightshade
  • Common Nightshade
  • Hierba Mora
  • American Nightshade
  • American Black Nightshade
  • Deadly Nightshade
  • Poison Berry

  • Posted by Skiekitty (Denver Metro - Zone 5a) on Sep 25, 2013 1:40 PM concerning plant:
    Amazing. This plant grows wild in both extreme southern New Mexico and in the Denver Metro area of Colorado. I know this because I get this weed in my yard regularly now, and when I was a kid in elementary school, we'd find these berries in our playground and throw them at each other. We always called them "snakeberries." Probably because the unripe fruit has a green snake-like pattern on them. Now I know what this plant is (I figured it was related to tomatoes, as the plant and flowers look very similar, but the fruits are obviously much different). Never really bothered to take any extra precautions with this plant in my yard; just would grumble if I found it, as I knew it to be a weed.
  • Posted by woofie (NE WA - Zone 5a) on Jul 10, 2012 5:59 PM concerning plant:
    All parts of this plant should be considered toxic.
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