Plant ID forum: Anyone know what this is?

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Lenabena
Jul 19, 2017 7:55 AM CST
Hi, new here! I was out cleaning up the yard and came across this plant. I have no idea what it is, anyone have an idea?
Thanks
Lena
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Lenabena
Jul 19, 2017 7:56 AM CST
I forgot to add, it has purple flowers with yellow centers. Also it has green round berries on it.
Thanks
Name: Charlie
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SunnyBorders
Jul 19, 2017 8:21 AM CST
Atropa belladonna, belladonna, deadly nightshade.

It's very poisonous (both leaves and berries (which turn black)); eating two berries is apparently enough to kill a child.

Use gloves and don't burn it.
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Name: Paul
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Paul2032
Jul 19, 2017 8:25 AM CST
I agree................... I agree
Paul Smith Pleasant Grove, Utah
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Lenabena
Jul 19, 2017 8:30 AM CST
Thank you so much! I have 4 kids and animals that play next to it. I already made the mistake of touching though. This is the first time I've seen it grow there. Last year I had pumpkins growing in the same exact spot. Is it something I can just pull up and throw away?
Thanks again
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Paul2032
Jul 19, 2017 8:33 AM CST
Use a pair of gloves and dig it up and discard......
Paul Smith Pleasant Grove, Utah
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Lenabena
Jul 19, 2017 8:35 AM CST
Thank you
Name: Janine
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janinilulu
Jul 20, 2017 5:14 PM CST
Solanum dulcamara
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sooby
Jul 20, 2017 5:42 PM CST
I agree with Janine, Solanum dulcamara. Here are some pictures from the database for comparison.

Deadly nightshade, Atropa belladonna flowers


Solanum dulclamara flowers


Solanum dulcamara has the two lobes at the base of the leaves, as in the ID plant.
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DaisyI
Jul 20, 2017 6:15 PM CST
The difference is that Solanum dulcamara has flowers (and fruit) in clusters. Atropa belladonna has single flowers (and fruits).
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Name: Charlie
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SunnyBorders
Jul 21, 2017 7:14 AM CST
Agree with the correction above.

Though recorded fatal human poisoning with Solanum dulcamara are rare, it still sounds like a good idea to get rid of it.

For berry colour differences: https://www.youtube.com/watch?...
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Lenabena
Jul 21, 2017 8:35 AM CST
SunnyBorders said:Agree with the correction above.

Though recorded fatal human poisoning with Solanum dulcamara are rare, it still sounds like a good idea to get rid of it.



Thank you, I was looking for information and thought it might be something called bittersweet nightshade. It's pretty, but it has to go.

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Name: Charlie
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SunnyBorders
Jul 21, 2017 9:37 AM CST
It is, Lenabena.

The official (Ministry of Agriculture, etc.) common name here seems to be climbing nightshade.

The Ministry statement says "The leaves and stems are poisonous to livestock. The attractive, bright red berries have a bitter and sweet flavour and although some people can apparently eat them without harm, children have reportedly been poisoned by eating them".

Not black and white, but I'd say the red (berries) stands for danger!
As you say, pretty or not, "it has to go".
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