Woody Nightshade (Solanum dulcamara)

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Woody Nightshade

Woody Nightshade or Bittersweet is a very common woody climbing plant of the hedgerows. The leaves are oval and pointed and its distinctive purple and yellow flowers can be seen in summer. These are replaced by the small, oval berries in Autumn which turn from green to orange and finally red as they ripen. The main poisonous constituent is Solanine (C45H73NO15) which can cause convulsions.