[NAFEX] Poisonous Garden Huckleberry?
friendly27sw at yahoo.com
Wed May 30 16:22:14 EDT 2007
Thanks Jim, mine have white flowers and yellow centers
so hopefully they are safe when ripe!
--- Jim Fruth <jfruth at tds.net> wrote:
> John Smith wrote: "I obtained some wonderberry seed
> from another gardener
> which I planted this spring. The plants I have look
> similar to weeds that I always thought was some type
> of poisonous nightshade. Does anyone have some
> identifying characteristics that would help me
> more confident that these plants are not producing
> fruit that will poison me when consumed?"
> Britton & Brown (Botanical Keys) list two
> Solanum species as poisonous.
> One is sometimes called "Garden Huckleberry" and one
> is not. The one that
> is not is S. Dulcamara. Its flowers are blue, with
> a yellow center, and its
> berries are red. It is free-standing but will climb
> like a vine.
> One common name for Solanum nigrum is "Deadly
> Nightshade." "Deadly"
> couldn't possibly refer to the ripe berries because
> I, and a lot of folks I
> know, would be dead. Perhaps the vegetative parts
> are poisonous; I don't
> know. People who make pie out of the berries all
> say to have a minimum (or
> none) of green berries in it. I know someone who
> claims to have fed a
> rabbit a diet of green nightshade berries and it
> died. We who make pie from
> these berries sometimes jokingly refer to it as
> "Poison Pie." Anyway,
> Solanum nigrum, aka Garden Huckleberry has white
> flowers with a yellow
> Ever wonder what the Colorado Potato Beetle ate
> before potatoes were
> grown in America? It was a close relative of the
> potato, Solanum
> rostratum, aka Prickly Nightshade. It grows on the
> prairies from South
> Dakota to Texas and Mexico and also in waste places
> from Ontario to New
> Hampshire and points South.
> Jim Fruth
> Brambleberry Farm
> Pequot Lakes, MN 56472
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