unidentified plant in my garden
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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