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Poison Red Berries

Updated on September 6, 2013

Red Poisons Berries – Solanum Dulcamara


If you have children, or run a nursery or even hosting a party – be it for children or grow ups. I would do a risk assessment in my home.

This is what l found amongst my grape vine and could have easily mistaken for grapes or red sweets for children. After researching on this berries there are many different stories that relate to the effects that are caused after eating these bright looking berries… Which is known to have a bitter sweet taste to them., there have been a few death cases… therefore l will take no risk and try and get rid of the plant… especially when l have children come over to explore my garden. Children like to explore the outside environment and it is our duty to keep that environment safe for them.

For a start… l have been living here for years… and fail to understand where on earth all of a sudden l have this woody nightshade growing amongst my several year old vine tree..? The attractive berries maybe to the squirrel or wild birds that l feed often might have dispersed their seeds my way…. Or maybe a recent bought plant might have had the roots in the compost … who knows… very pretty has they seem…

Need to get rid of it from my garden which is a heaven for children to play in., so health and safety is first on the list.

They contain a toxin called Solanine which is also found in Potatoes especially the leaves and the - roots. and potatoes’ that have especially gone green colour = don’t use them.

The symptoms from Solanine toxin includes nausea, vomiting, stomach cramps, burning of throat, nightmares, headache, dizziness, dilated pupils and reports of death.

As you can see they are growing in clusters and in line with the bunch of grape. To the children they can be more attractive than the green grapes and looks like sweets. So to saying… pretty as a picture they have to go.

I found these growing in cluster along side the grapes
I found these growing in cluster along side the grapes
They look more attractive then the grapes
They look more attractive then the grapes
some can be mistaken for grapes
some can be mistaken for grapes
Pretty as a picture - but they have to go
Pretty as a picture - but they have to go | Source
These berries grown like a vine and have these long shaped leaves
These berries grown like a vine and have these long shaped leaves
These are the pretty tiny purple flowers of the red berries
These are the pretty tiny purple flowers of the red berries
next stage after the flower.... green berries
next stage after the flower.... green berries

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