Mulligan (Agriculture Canada, Ottawa, retired)
Solanum dulcamara L., climbing nightshade, morelle douce-amère
Woody climber; flowers purple; throughout, except mid-west;
hedges, wood openings, and waste places; introduced from Europe.
Berries are mildly poisonous, but serious illness has occurred
after large quantities were eaten.
Solanum ptychanthum Dunal, eastern black nightshade, morelle noire de l'Est
Annual, spreading by seeds; stems mostly sprawling to about 5 feet (15 dm); flowers white; throughout but common only in the east; cultivated fields, gardens, shores, thickets, roadsides and disturbed areas. Introduced from further south in the United States. Text and photos of eastern black nightshade by Stephen J. Darbyshire
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climbing nightshade, morelle douce-amère (in fruit)