If you would like to read my Dorset nature notes about any of these featured species or sites please click on the post title

About Me

My photo

I have been interested in nature for most of my life but since I retired I spend as much time as I can exploring the nature reserves and wildlife hotspots of my adopted home, Dorset in southern England. Whilst out I record what I see and take snaps where I can (I am no photographer!) and that forms the basis of my Nature of Dorset website. When I find something new I like to research it and write about it in my nature notes, it is how I learn and hopefully you might find my notes helpful as well!

This website is for the people of Dorset interested in wildlife and for people from elsewhere interested in the wildlife of Dorset!

13 July, 2010

Bittersweet (Solanum dulcamara)

Until I started out attempting to identify all aspects of nature some 25 years ago I always thought that this plant was Deadly Nightshade! However, one of the first unusual plants I found back then turned out to be, on investigation, Deadly Nightshade and so I had to hastily modify a fair number of records I had made of this one to Bittersweet. It was a bitter-sweet experience!

Bittersweet, also known as Woody Nightshade, is a member of the Nightshade family and is also related to the Potato. The flowers and berries are very similar to those you might find on Potatoes growing in your garden or allotment.

Flowering from June through until September in a wide range of habitat Bittersweet is common here in Dorset.