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So, deadly nightshade may refer to this as well as other species. Just when I think I've finally gotten rid of this weed it pops up somewhere else in my yard. Very persistent weed. I have seen these around the Westwood nature center marsh here in St Louis park. Its why I came to this website. Sure is pretty for an invasive poison weed lol. I recently moved to Duluth and am attempting to identify the types of plants growing in my yard -- both native and non-native.

While doing so, I spotted the diminutive, pretty flowers and delicate vine of a nightshade plant in the shade under a cedar tree that grows near the sidewalk on the northeast side of my house. I was hoping that it was a native plant, but after checking this web site, found that it is an invasive species so out it will come today and into the garbage it will go. Thanks for the information. I'm using your web site quite a bit these days! We just found some of this plant in our yard. It was the first time we have spotted it. We pulled it out and hope it won't return.

Like others, stumbled upon this page looking for info on this plant. Discovered by accident that we had this growing along the fence behind our shed when my 2 year-old ran up to me in the yard yesterday and said, "Mommy! That area of the yard is very shady, moist, and isolated.

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I'm emailing the neighbors they have young kids, too, and we both have dogs and hopefully we'll get rid of it. I hate this plant. I am contantly pulling it, as I don't like using herbicides. Is there another way to rid myself of this plant if pulling doesn't work? Alika, pull everything you can then smother it with lots of mulch. We used wood chips and it has been quite effective. My uncle found this amongst his hedges and wondered what this strange vine was and he thought perhaps he didn't want it in there since it seemed to be choking the other things.

This was helpful info with the pictures and measurements to help ID this plant and confirm why no wildlife wanted to eat the berries. Found in Duluth MN. Why is this listed on a Minnesota wildflower list when it isn't even native to North America?


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Jennifer, our goal is to profile ALL plants found in the wild, not just natives. People want to know which are the weeds, too, and it's important to teach that as well. The chart of general plant info that's at the top of the page indicates whether it is native or not.

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Found a lot of this flower growing along a path in Jonathan and never knew what it was. It is rather pretty! Just discovered this growing on the edge of our woods. I have been here over 20yrs, but this is the first year I noticed it. Sorry to hear its not a native plant. Found this invading my daughter's flower garden and shade garden as well as climbing up her pine trees.

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I pulled lots of it with the red berries this weekend. Very invasive but easy to pull out. It started in our yard under balsam fir trees about 4 years ago, we began to remove it once we found out its berries were toxic. It has now spread to the ash swamp next to our yard. This summer it really progressed in the ash swamp and has become very thick throughout. I just found this growing in my back yard flower bed It was not a plant I had planted and had to come here to locate what it was. It is a beautiful plant but after reading the posts here I plant to remove it immediately I have many birds come to my back yard every year in the spring and wonder if maybe it was brought to me by them.

This plant started under my deck a few years ago The year after they spread to my blue spruce and took that over, and then to all the bushes around my home, choking out my dogwood and basically making a big mess. This stuff grows so fast, you can pull these all weekend and the next weekend there are 1ft vines back. A few times a year we pull these suckers and fill the back of a pickup overflowing.

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I am checking with an extension agent to see what we can do to control this stuff!!! We just moved into our house a week ago and noticed this bastard growing everywhere. The previous owners must have liked the flowers because it was everywhere. Damn near filled a 90 gallon garbage can with its weeds and roots. When left to grow, apparently, the roots are about as thick as a broom handle and incredibly long.

Its a pain to get them out. Some roots have gone under the house. Justin, try pulling out all you can then add a thick layer of wood chips for mulch.

It worked for us. Didn't see a sign of it for several years after that. Some is coming back now but we're putting down a fresh layer of chips which should keep it at bay. Well now this is embarrassing I actually transplanted this from my back yard weed garden to a nice place up front by my porch thinking it was very pretty.

I'll be yanking it out asap! Move into a new house and found this growing by the fence. Do my best to keep it away! I have this in my backyard and have been pulling it for years. I work in the conservation field and have found this throughout Winona County in various areas. I can remember this plant all over every empty lot or woodsy places I roamed as a child in Illinois. Now I'm in MN and I see it here and there, too.

I do have some in my yard, in a hedgerow. It is pretty, I leave it alone, it's among other wild things, not doing any harm. I see it along some roadsides up here too. Saw this stuff in my backyard behind my shed by the wood pile. At first I didn't worry about it as was behind the shed and the flowers were pretty, then I started seeing the red berries and began to think it was annoying as it kept spreading.

I started to pull it all out and glad I did once I read all of the other comments. Have never seen it before and no neighbors have ever talked about it.

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It is all mixed in with my grape vine Hello - Just found this plant in the prairie area that I am restoring. Since it is not native, I will be removing it. Thank you for your website! I have a bunch growing in a wood pile by our fence. Jane, vinegar does not kill perennials, it just damages the above ground parts that come in direct contact with it. Pull it, then smother with woodchips. That worked for us. I have this in my yard, it never seems to spread anywhere, so I leave it. It's pretty and I hope it has some food value for the birds??????

I just identified this new vine growing up an arbor in my backyard. I was amazed at how easily I found it online since I've never seen it before. Kudos to your knowledgeable website. We have this growing in our front flower bed. We moved in a little over 3 years ago and have been working on the backyard and have been redoing everything back there.

But now as we begin the work on the front i spotted this unique plant and was able to identify it using this site. Now i just need to kmow what to do with it. It is so unique and beautiful, too bad it is invasive! Thank you for the info. Ripe fruits are generally less toxic than the leaves and unripe berries, but even ripe berries can be poisonous.

The Illinois Wildflowers website cautions people who are trying to eradicate the plant ,.


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  • Bittersweet Nightshade prefers full or partial sun, and moist to mesic soil that is loamy and fertile. However, because of its robust nature, this plant can adapt to drier conditions and other kinds of soil. It can spread aggressively and be difficult to get rid of because small pieces of rhizome in the soil can regenerate new plants. It is wise to wear gloves while attempting to remove this plant by hand as the foliage is toxic.

    They can grow quite tall and thick under favorable conditions. Here Bittersweet nightshade is thriving along a chain-link fence. Every four years the building doubles as the precinct caucus location for Windsor Heights 2. Bittersweet nightshades can bloom over a long period in the summer.


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    Fast forward to the 21st century, when tomatoes are welcomed into family gardens and coddled each spring. Bittersweet nightshade is a European native, and was probably initially brought here for medicinal purposes. Many birds are known to feed on nightshade berries without any ill effects, and once the plant gained a toehold in the New World, it spread through their stomachs to a wide variety of suitable natural areas. Bittersweet nightshade is now a plant that can be found twining its way through wet woodland edges, neglected garden corners and the unpruned hedges of North America.

    Nightshade is a perennial, and a healthy example can twine eight feet in a season before dying back to its woody base in late autumn. At this time of year, the leaves are colored a lovely dark green, and are almost always three-lobed at maturity, with a large arrow-shaped central lobe surrounded by two smaller side lobes.