Solanum dulcamara L.
Family: Solanaceae
bittersweet nightshade, climbing nightshade, deadly nightshade
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Etymology: Solanum: Latin for "quieting," in reference to the narcotic properties of some species
Plants: trailing or twining perennial, up to 8' tall, mostly smooth, woody vine
Leaves: stalked, mostly simple but some with 2 lower lobes
Flowers: purple to blue with shiny, green spots in the center, 5-parted, 1/2" wide, saucer-shape; inflorescence a 1"-3" wide, branched cluster; blooms June-Sep
Fruits: green, then yellow, then orange, then bright red, 1/4" berry
Habitat: moist; disturbed sites, woods, cliffs, marshes
Hazardous: Careful, this plant is hazardous!
Conservation Status: Introduced - naturalized; potentially invasive