Monday Flower: Black Nightshade

by Ricardo November. 23, 2009 3338 views

Solanum nigrum aka European Black Nightshade

Probably this is one of the ‘’weeds’’ that I love to see on my backyard! I love its flowers, and Also its berries! It is not sooo common on my backyard if you want the truth! I’ve just found this one, this year! My backyard isn’t exactly a nice place to weeds, my grandma takes good care of them! Lol ! Anyways, This plant is toxic , but it is NOOOOT sooo poisonous! Can you believe I google it some information about it, and in India it is used in the culinary?

மணத்தக்காளி – manathakkaal
Anyways, the berries are more toxic when green, than when they are purple! Once purple, they are even eaten by the birds what helps their life circle!

At first I confused these plants with potato plants, because their flowers are very similar but the truth is that this one has smaller flowers and the potato plant has it bigger!


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Balã¡Zs 7 years, 10 months ago


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Jennye 7 years, 10 months ago

very interesting!! love the little flowers!

7 years, 10 months ago Edited
Lynn 7 years, 10 months ago

Wonderful Monday flower...BEAUTIFUL :))

7 years, 10 months ago Edited
Dorothe 7 years, 10 months ago

Great and thank you for your informations!

7 years, 10 months ago Edited
Gonia 7 years, 10 months ago

very simply flower but nice.

7 years, 10 months ago Edited
Mikkal Noptek 7 years, 10 months ago

Amazing green color

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Jack Castelo Branco 7 years, 10 months ago

Muita bonita :)

7 years, 10 months ago Edited
Walter 7 years, 10 months ago

Pretty... :-)

7 years, 10 months ago Edited
Marsha 7 years, 10 months ago

Interesting post! You wouldn't think this plant with the lovely delicate little flower would have such a name....but a good warning, I guess, not to eat the fruit!!

7 years, 10 months ago Edited
Ibrahim 7 years, 10 months ago

beautiful green and flover.

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Sandra Vermeulen 7 years, 11 months ago

My rabbits would love this ... ;o)
Nice post Ricky!!

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Sadhya Rippon 7 years, 11 months ago

Soubhagya said it before me. Exactly correct. It is a very interesting genus, and these are great pictures.

7 years, 11 months ago Edited
Jet28 7 years, 11 months ago

Pretty little flower :-)

7 years, 11 months ago Edited
Huiching 7 years, 11 months ago

Interesting. It looks like a plant in my country, a type of green tomato. But that plant is edible, so it definitely is not the same. ^_^

7 years, 11 months ago Edited
Aidan 7 years, 11 months ago

I love the color contrast in the flowers!

7 years, 11 months ago Edited
Christa 7 years, 11 months ago

Isto é que é dedicação! Ainda é Domingo e já cá está a flor de segunda feira! :))) E é bonita!

7 years, 11 months ago Edited
Soubhagya Sagar Behera 7 years, 11 months ago

And ofcourse very nice shots!

7 years, 11 months ago Edited
Soubhagya Sagar Behera 7 years, 11 months ago

Well it is the same genus as potato n tomato as well as brinjals (i guess u must know it as eggplant), hence ur confusion with potato. You r right about the raw fruitd being toxic. When it turns purple or ripe, no problem, but the green one contains the chemical- solanine - which causes the mild symptoms like gastrointestinal upset to some kind of central nervous system impairment.
And for that extra information...-
Even potatoes,tomatoes and brinjals have solanine in them.
When the potato tubers are exposed to light for too long or left in sun etc, they become green under the skin.., it indicates increased solanine production. That is why it is said never to eat potatoes which are turning green under the skin! Green is the colour of chlorophyll, not solanine, but it goes hand in hand.
Ofcourse the bitter taste also indicates high amount of alkaloid in it
You can try this experiment, but just DO NOT eat it.

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Finbarr 7 years, 11 months ago

Fantastic shots !!

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Juan Regaldie 7 years, 11 months ago

Excellent pictures and explanation !!

But ...
... I have a question:

Where's the black ??


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Mehdi Saharkhiz 7 years, 11 months ago


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