Jul. 25, 2019

nightshade, Solanum dulcamara

We talk about plants that are endemic. Those are ones that occur only one geographic area. But I don't recall hearing about pandemic plants. It might be a good term for this Eurasian/African that has now spread to just about every temperate where. I pulled a couple out of the garden yesterday. Fortunately, they don't grow in large masses that become too problematic for their neighbors. The fruits are very much like their cousins, tomatoes, but much smaller. They're about a third of an inch. They taste and smell just like tomatoes. DON'T EAT THEM! People have died! Maybe I should have started with that? This nightshade now occurs in every state except AK, AL, AR, AZ, HI, LA, MS, SC, and TX, and in BC, NB, NF, NS, ON, PE, QC, and SK. Ives Fen Preserve, Lenawee Co MI, 7/8/10.