Nightshade

(Bittersweet Nightshade)

Solanum dulcamara

Nightshade


Solanum is a very large genus of plants with approximately 1,700 species. These include the Bittersweet, the Jerusalem Cherry, and the common white potato. Human poisoning from most species of Solanum is generally attributed to the immature fruit which contains the solanine glycoalkoids. Solanine has a low toxicity for adults, but there have been fatal intoxications in children.