Authentic Wisconsin.  Bittersweet Nightshade - Solanum dulcamara


Bittersweet Nightshade near Duck Pond in Madison, Wisconsin on June 9, 2022.

Above: Bittersweet Nightshade near the Duck Pond in Madison, Wisconsin on June 9, 2022.


Bittersweet Nightshade - Solanum dulcamara (Introduced/Naturalized)

Bittersweet Nightshade flowers are in loose clusters. Each flower has five, star-shaped purple petals with a yellow column of stamens tightly encasing a single style. The purple petals flair and curl back like a trout lily.

Bittersweet Nightshade is a woody, perennial vine, which scrambles over other plants.

Bittersweet Nightshade has oval shaped berries that start out green and turn red as they ripen.

Bittersweet Nightshade leaves and vine stem near Duck Pondin Madison, Wisconsin on July 31, 2021.

Above: Bittersweet Nightshade has egg shaped leaves that are 1 1/4" to 4 inches long and 3/4" to 2 1/2" inches wide. The leaves taper to a pointed or blunt tip. Many leaves have 2 small lobes at the base.


Other names: Bitter Nightshade, Climbing Nightshade, Deadly Nightshade.

Blooms: June - September.




NIGHTSHADE

by Scottish author, Elizabeth Gordon

NIGHTSHADE has a purple berry,

But he is very naughty, very;

Little children never should

Play with one who isn't good.



For more information on Bittersweet Nightshade, visit Wikipedia.

Or, for information on Bittersweet Nightshade visit the Wisconsin State Herbarium.


Bittersweet Nightshade near Duck Pond in Madison, Wisconsin on June 9, 2022.
Bittersweet Nightshade near Duck Pond in Madison, Wisconsin on June 9, 2022.
Bittersweet Nightshade near Duck Pond in Madison, Wisconsin on June 9, 2022.
Bittersweet Nightshade near Duck Pond in Madison, Wisconsin on June 9, 2022.
Bittersweet Nightshade near Duck Pond in Madison, Wisconsin on June 9, 2022.
Bittersweet Nightshade near Duck Pond in Madison, Wisconsin on June 9, 2022.
Bittersweet Nightshade near Duck Pond in Madison, Wisconsin on June 9, 2022.
Bittersweet Nightshade near Duck Pond in Madison, Wisconsin on June 9, 2022.
Bittersweet Nightshade on shore of Lake Wingra in Vilas Park in Madison, Wisconsin on June 9, 2022.
Bittersweet Nightshade on shore of Lake Wingra in Vilas Park in Madison, Wisconsin on June 9, 2022.
Bittersweet Nightshade on shore of Lake Wingra in Vilas Park in Madison, Wisconsin on June 9, 2022.
Bittersweet Nightshade on shore of Lake Wingra in Vilas Park in Madison, Wisconsin on June 9, 2022.
Bittersweet Nightshade near Duck Pond in Madison, Wisconsin on July 31, 2021.
Bittersweet Nightshade near Duck Pond in Madison, Wisconsin on July 31, 2021.
Bittersweet Nightshade near Duck Pond in Madison, Wisconsin on August 1, 2021.

↩  Back to Wisconsin Wildflowers

 

Wisconsin Wildflowers



Bittersweet Nightshade
Solanum dulcamara


Bittersweet Nightshade near Duck Pond in Madison, Wisconsin on June 9, 2022.

Bittersweet Nightshade near Duck Pond in Madison, Wisconsin on June 9, 2022.

Bittersweet Nightshade near Duck Pond in Madison, Wisconsin on June 9, 2022.

Above: Bittersweet Nightshade near Duck Pond in Madison, Wisconsin in Madison, Wisconsin (6/9/22)


Bittersweet Nightshade near Duck Pond in Madison, Wisconsin on June 13, 2019.

Above: Bittersweet Nightshade near Agawa Path in Madison, Wisconsin in Madison, Wisconsin (6/13/19)


Bittersweet Nightshade near Duck Pond in Madison, Wisconsin on July 5, 2020.

Above: Bittersweet Nightshade near Agawa Path in Madison, Wisconsin in Madison, Wisconsin (7/05/20)


Bittersweet Nightshade near Duck Pond in Madison, Wisconsin on July 21, 2021.

Bittersweet Nightshade near Duck Pond in Madison, Wisconsin on July 21, 2021.

Bittersweet Nightshade near Duck Pond in Madison, Wisconsin on July 21, 2021.

Bittersweet Nightshade near Duck Pond in Madison, Wisconsin on July 21, 2021.

Bittersweet Nightshade near Duck Pond in Madison, Wisconsin on July 21, 2021.

Above: Bittersweet Nightshade near Duck Pond in Madison, Wisconsin in Madison, Wisconsin (7/31/21)


Bittersweet Nightshade near Duck Pond in Madison, Wisconsin on September 4, 2021.

Above: Bittersweet Nightshade near Agawa Path in Madison, Wisconsin in Madison, Wisconsin (9/04/21)


Bittersweet Nightshade berries forming on plant near Duck Pond in Madison, Wisconsin on July 31, 2021.

Above: Bittersweet Nightshade berries forming on plant near Duck Pond in Madison, Wisconsin (7/31/21)


 Bittersweet Nightshade specimen collected in in Myrick Marsh near La Crosse, Wisconsin on June 23, 1971.

Above: Bittersweet Nightshade specimen collected in in Myrick Marsh near La Crosse, Wisconsin on June 23, 1971.


1891 Bittersweet Nightshade botanical illustration.

Above: 1891 Bittersweet Nightshade botanical illustration.


1885 Bittersweet Nightshade botanical illustration.

Above: 1885 Bittersweet Nightshade botanical illustration.


1853 Bittersweet Nightshade botanical illustration.

Above: 1853 Bittersweet Nightshade botanical illustration.


119134 Bittersweet Nightshade botanical illustration.

Above: 1913 Bittersweet Nightshade botanical illustration.


Nightshade Wild Flower Children by Elizabeth Gordon with illustration by  M. T. (Penny) Ross.

Above: Nightshade Wild Flower Children by Elizabeth Gordon with illustration by M. T. (Penny) Ross.



↩   Back to Wisconsin Wildflowers