Bittersweet Nightshade Wildflower
Bittersweet Nightshade Wildflower – Known as Bittersweet Nightshade, this dainty flower is easily identified by its five dark to mid-purple flowers with a pointed yellow center, and sits on a weak vine.
Other Names For Bittersweet Nightshade Wildflower
The wildflower goes by so many names. Solanum dulcamara, bittersweet, bittersweet nightshade, bitter nightshade, blue bindweed, Amara Dulcis, climbing nightshade, fellenwort, felonwood, poisonberry, poison flower, scarlet berry, snakeberry, trailing bittersweet, trailing nightshade, violet bloom, woody nightshade.
When Does the Wildflower Bloom:
It flowers from May to September, with green berries eventually ripening to varying shades of red.
Vines, Vines Everywhere:
The plant is a vine that likes to climb over and around all plants and trees that surround it.
The Berries On The Plant:
One lone bittersweet nightshade berry left by the Cardinals. For some reason, cardinals can eat the berries and have no issues.
Another common name for this wildflower is Deadly Nightshade, as it is toxic. While not always fatal, it can harm young children if the berries are eaten in any quantity. Like birds, children and some pets are attracted to the red colored berries.
If planted in your yard, please be aware of those facts.