Irish wildflowers

Photographs: Bantry, Co.Cork

Woody Nightshade / Bittersweet
Solanum dulcamara
Fuath gorm
Family: Solanaceae

Flowering time: June-September. Perennial. Native.

Clusters of downward-hanging purple flowers, yellow anthers, reflexed petals.
Poisonous red egg-shaped berries.
Lower leaves, stalked, usually small lobes at base. Upper with 3 leaflets.
Stems woody at base, scrambling, climbing. Height: To 2m.
All parts of this plant are poisonous.

Damp woodland, hedgerows, streamsides.

Similar: S. dulcamara var. marinum is prostrate, found on shingle beaches.


Above: Woody Nightshade. Blarney, County Cork. August 2008

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