Wild Florida Photo - Solanum dulcamara - Climbing Nightshade

Solanum dulcamara L.

Climbing Nightshade
Bittersweet Nightshade

Not native to Florida

Longueuil, QC 08/07/04

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Introduced from Eurasia, this member of the nightshade family has only been recorded in one Florida county: Madison. The north American range now includes most of the central and northern United States and into southern Canada. The southern extant of the range includes California, Utah, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Missouri, Tennessee, Georgia and North Carolina.
The blue or violet flowers have the distinctive shape of all the Solanum species. The leaves are alternate, smooth 5-10 cm (2-4 in.) long, highly variable in shape, some with a pair or one basal lobes.


Solanum dulcamara is a member of the Solanaceae - Potato family.

Other species of the Solanum genus in the Wild Florida Photo database:
  Solanum americanum - AMERICAN BLACK NIGHTSHADE
  Solanum bahamense - BAHAMA NIGHTSHADE
  Solanum capsicoides - SODA APPLE
  Solanum carolinense var. carolinense - CAROLINA HORSENETTLE
  Solanum chenopodioides - BLACK NIGHTSHADE
  Solanum sisymbriifolium - STICKY NIGHTSHADE
  Solanum viarum - TROPICAL SODA APPLE

Date record last modified: Dec 08, 2023

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