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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!

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18 July, 2015

Black Nightshade: the wonder berry | Nature Notes from Dorset

Black nightshade (Solanum nigrum) is one of those plants that were once very comon in our fields but now less so as modern agricultural methods reduce the 'weeds' that grow amongst crops. If the flower appears familiar it is because it is closely related to the potato and tomato. Black nightshade produces black berries and that is, presumable, where it gets its name as not other part of the plant is black although the stems can turn dark when the plant is fully grown.
Like other members of the nightshade family the berry is not good for you so leave them alone! They are poisonous although you have to eat a lot of them for it to be fatal.

Read more: Black Nightshade: the wonder berry | Nature Notes from Dorset