Are you familiar with black nightshade?
Wednesday, September 3, 2014
Mystery plant solved (poisonous)
I had a mystery plant on my property this year. I didn't recall having seen it before. Right away, it looked to me like something in the nightshade family because it reminded me a bit of pepper plants or horse nettle plants, just considerably smaller. There were tiny white blooms that were followed by tiny round green fruits. Just now, when I went out to get a picture, I noticed the fruits had ripened to black. (The fruits are about 1/4" in diameter.) Here's the part where I love the internet. I did a search for "nettle-like plant with small black berries," and the first page I saw had an image of black nightshade. There you go! It's poisonous (even though folks eat certain strains of it). I won't be taking any chances on this one.