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Solanum dulcamara

Bittersweet nightshade berries when ripe are shiny red.

Bittersweet nightshade flowers are purple, resemble tomato flower.

Bittersweet nightshade seeds.

  • 'Solanum' was derived from the same Latin root word as 'solace', and was likely given as a name for this weed because of its many medicinal uses.

  • 'Dulcamara' is a combination of Latin words meaning "sweet-bitter".

  • The common name refers to a toxin in bittersweet nightshade that is said to leave a bitter and then sweet taste if ingested.

  • Bittersweet nightshade was used to treat asthma, bronchitis, jaundice, kidney problems, rheumatism, skin diseases, syphilis, and to counteract witchcraft.