Deadly nightshade

Deadly night shade fruits - immature and mature

Common name: Deadly nightshade, Belladonna

Scientific name: Atropa belladonna

Hazard associated: Whole plant is toxic.

Notes: Solanum_nigrum_fruit_black cropped

  • Not to be confused with black nightshade shown on the left (Solanum nigrum)
  • Black shiny berries may be attractive to children
  • Not native to Australia but seeds can be purchased in Australia
  • Long history of medical and homeopathic use in various preparations

Wikipedia page: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Atropa_belladonna

Image credits:

1) “Atropa belladonna Prague 2011 3” by Karelj – Own work. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons – https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Atropa_belladonna_Prague_2011_3.jpg#/media/File:Atropa_belladonna_Prague_2011_3.jpg
2) “Solanum nigrum fruit black” by Harald Hubich – photo taken by Harald Hubich. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons – https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Solanum_nigrum_fruit_black.jpg#/media/File:Solanum_nigrum_fruit_black.jpg