Wildflowers of New York

Bittersweet Nightshade

A photographic collection and brief reference to help identify Wildflowers found in New York

Bittersweet Nightshade - Solanum dulcamara

Nightshade Family

Yes, Bittersweet Nightshade is poisonous. It is also a smothering vine in a garden, in one season it can overwhelm garden beds, shrubs and small children.

What makes this vine such a obnoxious weed is the roots. They can spread for feet, both down and horizontally and are very fragile, breaking easily just under the soil's surface. Attempting to pull the plant out of the ground breaks the root just under the soil surface. The remaining root will easily reestablish itself.

Tilling an area will create multiple new plants no matter how much you sift the soil attempting to remove the root pieces. Any remaining pieces will grow back.

Found: Moist thickets, tree lines, fence lines, rock piles, waste areas, a nasty garden weed
Height: 2 - 8 feet
May - September bloom time

Bittersweet Nightshade

Bittersweet Nightshade

Bittersweet Nightshade

Bittersweet Nightshade

Bittersweet Nightshade