Deadly Nightshade (Solanum dulcamara)
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Other common names: Bittersweet Nightshade, Climbing Nightshade
Family: Solanaceae (Nightshade)
Height: 2 to 8 ft. (vine)
Blooms: May to September
Leaf Type: smooth
Bloom Size: 0.5 in. (typical)
Flower Description: Flat or rounded clusters, Regular blooms, 5 parts
Location: Panhandle Trail
Notes: Prominent yellow antlers.
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Folklore, History, and Other Facts
Not typically quite "deadly", but can cause poisoning.
The following information is taken from my great-grandmother's copy of The Herbalist (1918). This information is presented for historic purposes only, as many remedies recommended by this book are toxic!
We started out as wildflowers from the bicycle trails of western Pennsylvania, but we've grown!
Meyer, Joseph E. (1918). The Herbalist and Herb Doctor. Hammond, Ind.: Indiana Herb Gardens. 400 pp.