Help With I.D

For the last twenty five years I have never had less than a thousand plants in my garden. These days we are moving between fifteen hundred and two thousand plants a year. All told a lot of plants have moved through my hands over the years. To be fair I am pretty crap with names, my mind works in pictures not letters and numbers, even tryping’s not esay fu mi. Very often I get a plant arrive in the hands of it’s owner and whilst I have no idea what it’s called I know exactly how to cultivate it. However every once in a while something comes along I have no idea about.

A few years ago I collected a gnarly old lilac from a spot of ancient woodland near here. It survived Ok and was quickly drowning in weeds and whilst pulling those weeds I discovered this. It sort of grows like a vine and cuttings take really easy. I put a bit in the hedge and it’s doing really well. We have grown a few in pots and they grow like crazy and flower all the time in summer. The stems are hollow and  it tends to shed short or cut branches in winter but we are starting to get them quite twiggy. Purple flowers followed by berries that turn red then black. Deciduous and drops after a frost. There’s a definite look of clematis about it

Anybody got any ideas?


Less than half hour, thanks guys. It’s obviously Solanum dulcamara. I’ll never remember that 🙁

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18 thoughts on “Help With I.D

  1. Definetly Solanaceae, or nightshade. Part of potatoe family but on the wrong side as it is highly poisonous. I have it growing in my garden and I cant get rid of it, it keeps coming back.

  2. Not 100% certain, but I believe it is relative of the potato. Understand that it may be toxic. Maybe one of the farmers up your way may give it a positive ID.

  3. Hi Graham
    There is an app for mobile phones called My Garden Answers that is good for this, especially for tree I/D’s.
    All you have to do is open the app take a picture of the leaf or flower & you get an answer back as quick as.
    Here is the link:
    JC (Down Under)

  4. Yes, looks like Deadly Nightshade, its classed as a noxious weed here in New Zealand, poisionous to stock and dangerous for children who are attracted to the colour of the berries.

  5. Researching further, Agree with Tom B. Deadly Nightshade, its related to tomatoes and potatoes.

  6. We always called it Evening Night Shade here in Wyandotte Michigan USA

  7. Actually may be more likely to be the similar Solanum dulcamara based on the leaf shape.

  8. I also have a tree like this with the same flowers but the leaves are more rounded on the points. I would also like to know what it is called. It seems to be a climbing type tree from how I saw mine’s branches grows.

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