unidentified plant in my garden

Treeman bengaia at ihug.co.nz
Mon Jun 17 15:15:35 EST 2002

Beverly Erlebacher wrote:

> In article <3D09DDC7.B0B9744E at voila.fr>,
> nullepart  <driveblind at voila.fr> wrote:
> >
> >Cereoid+1 wrote:
> >
> >> Your plant may be Solanum nigrum, the "black nightshade". It is a very
> >> poisonous. plant. The seeds were probably brought by bird droppings.
> >>
> >
> >ohmigod. thanks so much. the pictures match exactly my plant. I'm removing as
> >soon as i go home.
> >
> >in the same pot as this plant, I have 2 rosemary bushes, 2 basil plants, a
> >lot of sage, dill weed and chives. Will I have to throw them away, or are
> >they ok?
> Don't panic.  I don't recommend you eat the berries or leaves, but they aren't
> all that poisonous, probably no worse than potato leaves and berries, or
> tomato leaves, all of which would make you pretty sick if you ate enough of
> them.  Your other herb plants should be just fine.
> There are some nightshades that have been developed to have edible berries.
> Luther Burbank even pushed one of them.  You still see them for sale in home
> gardener seed catalogs.  I don't know whether they are S.nigrum, S.dulcimara,
> another species or a complex hybrid, however.  S.dulcimara has purple flowers.
> None of them taste very good anyway.  Note that potatoes and eggplants
> (aubergines) are in the same genus, Solanum, as nightshades.  There are some
> African and Indian species of Solanum which are used as leafy vegetables.

Don't forget Tamarillo, the delicious fruit from Chile, widely grown in NZ but
apparently not known elsewhere.

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