Summer Wildflowers of Mount Holyokeby Karen Searcy
Taxonomy
Solanaceae
Solanum dulcimara (Bittersweet Nightshade)
Flower colorpurple
Number of petals5
Petal fusionfused
Lea arrangementalternate
Leaf groupingsimple
Leaf marginsentire
Leaf/leaflet shapearrow-shaped
Fruit typefleshy
Fruit colorred
Flowering datesJune-Aug
Fruiting datesAug - Sept
HabitatDisturbed areas, talus slopes
LocalityThroughout
DescriptionThis species is a scrambling vine 3 - 10 feet long with purple flowers that resemble tomato flowers. The leaves have a distinctive pair of lobes at the base. The fruit is red, and often ripe fruit, green fruit and flowers are present at the same time. It is introduced.
Habit photoKBS
Flower photoPW
Fruit photoAT
Fruit photo 2AT
Leaf photoKBS