Scientific Name: Solanum dulcamara
Common Name: deadly nightshade, European bittersweet
Family Name: Solanaceae
Origin: Europe, South Asia / India
Hardiness Zone: Zone 4: (-34 to -29 °C)
Plant Type: Herbaceous perennial, Vine or climber, Weed (horticultural)
Mature Size: 2 - 3m x 1.0 - 1.5m (height x width)
Habit: Spreading
Form: Climbing
Texture: Medium - fine
Landscape Uses: Perennial border, Summer interest
Exposure: Full sun
Soil or Media:
Leaves: Simple, Alternate, Soft flexible, Glabrous, Ovate, Pinnately lobed, Sinuate
Flowers: Cyme, Yellow, Blue, Violet, Mar-Apr-May-Jun-Jul-Aug
Fruit: Berry (true), Red, Oct-Nov
Key ID Features:
Climbing weed; leaves ternate and bright green; inflorescence purple cyme of small drooping flowers, prominent yellow centres (stamens); petals curl back at tips; leaves smell like peanut butter when crushed.