RE: common mistakes/nightshade
Googling Deadly Nightshade will bring up Solanum dulcamara and Atropa bella-
donna. The RHS database attributes the name only to Atropa bella-donna. The
Solanum obviously is a nightshade but they show its common names to be:
BITTERSWEET; WOODY NIGHTSHADE; BITTER NIGHTSHADE; BLUEBIRD; CLIMBING
NIGHTSHADE; FELLEN; FELLONWOOD; FELONWOOD; FELLONWORT; FELONWORT; MAD DOG'S
BERRY; MORTAL; POISONOUS NIGHTSHADE; RADICAL WEED; SCARLET BERRY; SCARLET EGG
PLANT; VIOLET BLOOM
I don't know which one I dug out and brought to class, but it had a woodier
base and wasn't vining. This however could be attributed to repeatedly being
cut back to keep at a desireable size, but never all the way. Sort of doubt it
as these beds weren't being carefully tended.
> I am not sure I know this plant... anyone got a link for a photo of it?
> > Nightshade is a handsome plant. I can't remember how many times I've
> > knocked
> > on a total stranger's door to tell them the pretty vine on their fence
> > poisonous. I have to wear waterproof gloves to pull it. Trying to do
> > barehanded leaves me lightheaded with blurred vision. Not a plant to
> > with.
> > Judy B
> > ----- Original Message -----
> > From: "Kitty" <email@example.com>
> > To: <firstname.lastname@example.org>
> > Sent: Sunday, September 14, 2003 10:09 AM
> > Subject: Re: [CHAT] common mistakes?
> > > I started gardening late so I am not as familiar with some things.
> > However,
> > > I know bindweed. Still, when I took my courses through Guelph it
> > all
> > > book-learnin' - no hands on. For my weeds class I had to go on my
> > road
> > > trip and photograph 30 different weeds and identify them and send in
> > > photos.
> > > Later after graduating in 96, in search of 'hands-on' and
> commaraderie I
> > > took the MG course in 99. I was digging out the small planted areas
> > > front of my housing addition's brick markers to make way for new
> > > markers at the time. I thought I might try to salvage any valuable
> > plants.
> > > I didn't recognize one, but thought it might be of some value, so I
> > potted
> > > it up and took it to class to ask what it was. The Hort Ed said
> that it
> > was
> > > a very fine specimen of Deadly Nightshade! Boy, was I red-faced!
> > >
> > > Kitty
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