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20/10/2013 at 16:29

Hi, Can anyone help me I have this plant/weed in my garden and wondered if anyone can tell me what it is, I don't no wether to pull it up or leave it. It has little tiny green berries on it that look like tiny tomatoes.

  

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20/10/2013 at 16:43

Deadly Nightshade. The little green berries will turn black in time. Dig up and bin or burn it.

20/10/2013 at 16:44

looks like one of the nightshades. Woody possibly

20/10/2013 at 16:46

Dave is right,a member of the tomatoe family but not a welcom one.

20/10/2013 at 16:54

Interesting fact about that plant.

All parts of the plant contain tropane alkaloids. The berries pose the greatest danger to children because they look attractive and have a somewhat sweet taste. The consumption of two to five berries by a human adult is probably lethal.

20/10/2013 at 16:54

it's not deadly nightshade, it will be poisonous though. Don't eat it but don't panic. It's a common garden weed.

Deadly nightshade, Atropa belladonna is a much bigger plant and rather beautiful. It would be quite garden-worthy if it wasn't so poisonous

20/10/2013 at 17:45

Thank you all for replies I will pull it up tomorrow as its pouring with rain here in Liverpool now.

21/10/2013 at 00:00

Deadly nightshade is pretty rare and grows on chalk and people really shouldn't say plants are Deadly Nightshade unless they actually know the plant.

Woody nightshade is very common and I've never heard of anybody being poisoned by it though undoubtedly someone, somewhere has been.

I would get rid of it because it seeds prolifically and is a bl**dy pest!

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