Bittersweet Nightshade

Bittersweet Nightshade is in the same family as potatoes, tomatoes and peppers. It was introduced to PEI from Europe. This invasive plant grows in thickets, climbing over shrubs and small trees.  The flower is present May to September. The berries are green and change to red as they ripen. 

The leaves and unripe berries of bittersweet nightshade are poisonous. Eating the berries and leaves can cause severe illness, including nausea, diarrhea, vomiting, headache, dizziness and in more severe cases, death. Although ripe berries are said to be harmless, it is best to STAY AWAY. 

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