Bittersweet Nightshade

Solanum dulcamara

Family Name: Tomato (Solanaceae)

Flower arrangement: The Bittersweet Nightshade flower is characterized by its 5, ½ inch long, deep purple petals that are in a star shape that point backwards. In the middle of the 5 petals is a bright yellow beak that protrudes forward about a ½ inch. The yellow beak is made up of the anthers.

Color: Violet, Dark Purple

Leaf arrangement: The stem is vine-like, and the leaves are made up of 3 lobes: one large lobe, about a 1 ½ inches long and 1 inch wide, and two little lobes at the base of the leaf, one on each side of the large lobe. The leaves grow alternately Each leaf has a medium length stalk.

Size, Location, Season: They can grow to be anywhere from 2 to 8 feet long. They grow in moist thickets, and clearings throughout most all of Northern America. It grows from May to September.

**Found at Brandeis University near Kosow Biochemistry Building in mid-September
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