Saturday, May 29, 2010

Bittersweet Nightshade

I found this Solanum dulcamara, bittersweet nightshade, at Dodge Nature Center. Bittersweet nightshade is an evasive species that originated in Eurasia. It is a fitting plant to see in Minnesota, since the Vikings colors are purple and gold. Bittersweet Nighthade is not deadly, however if you eat a quantity of the berries that are produced by the plant it will make you sick. This is a coincidence because watching too many Vikings games can also make you sick.




7 comments:

Denise said...

Another brilliant wildflower I have never seen before. Thanks for sharing.

Anonymous said...

a brilliant wildflower...adored the background..congrats
nice day
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eileeninmd said...

Beautiful find and a lovely wildflower! Great photo!

Regina said...

Amazing wildflower.

Pat said...

Your last line made me laugh out loud.

Beautiful wildflower!

Arija said...

I somehow don't think the viking's fighting prowess would have been enhanced by eating the berries.

Nice shot.

Anonymous said...

Your Viking comment made me laugh! I just wanted to note that this is a weed, not a wildflower. Nice photo, btw!