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13/08/2013 at 12:35

Hello folks - my first posting! Hope someone can help?

i am in the process of getting to know my new garden of 18 months and it has some great climbers!  However one is getting munched by something and I wonder if anyone can confirm my own ID of a Solanum Crispum and ID the pest problem?

I haven't been able to spot the pest but the plant was lost amid a tangle of honeysuckle, ivy and a small standard willow (which was also attacked where they lay together). I'm trying to tame the area and encourage more vigorous growth for next year!


13/08/2013 at 13:10

Certailny it is a Solanum of some sort. Not sure what eats them other than snails and slugs though.

13/08/2013 at 13:27

Below is a Wiki list of pests that eat Solanum, of which there are several types.


13/08/2013 at 14:12

Are you sure that's Solanum crispum? It looks very small flowered and weedy. A bit like a sprawling nightshade that grows here. Bittersweet

13/08/2013 at 14:24

Looked like that to me too.  In other words a weed.  Woody Nightshade.

13/08/2013 at 15:08

I'm never sure which night shade is which Wo. My neighbour always calls this one deadly nightshade but that's what I call Atropa bella-donna.

The one I'm talking about smell disgusting when it goes through the shredder

13/08/2013 at 15:37

Deadly nightshade is quite different.  Not at all common and confined to chalk soils. And a shrubby plant, not a twiner.  And it has black berries; I think the one pictured will have green (already in the photo) ripening to red/orange berries.

13/08/2013 at 15:45

This is the one I've got. It's called Bittersweet in my very old wildflower book.

13/08/2013 at 17:23

Bittersweet to me too.

17/08/2013 at 14:05

Hello folks and thanks -( I'm posting this again so apologies if a reply appears that says similar but I can't see the one I posted from my end the other day) 

So it seems to be a weed but certainly of not much value appearance wise but the moths like to feed on it!  Maybe if I move it to my wild garden?  

This site is brilliant!

17/08/2013 at 14:39

The seeds are very viable so soon it will spread all over the garden, so beware!

And it is of course poisonous.

23/08/2013 at 11:22

I've noticed a few seedlings on the patio area next to it now so it's going!  Thanks for the advice.

23/08/2013 at 14:08

missed your previous post GW. I have some of this but hadn't realised it attracted moths. Do you know which ones? I love moths

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