1 years to reach maturity
Pick berries when they are black and fully ripe.
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European Black Nightshade Overview
Considered a weed in 61 countries, Solanum nigrum is a quick growing herbaceous plant. It is one of the medicines mentioned by the historical figure Pliny the Elder and it originates in Ancient England. Carl Linnaeus described 6 species, some of which are deadly. The leaves and unripe green fruit are poisonous, while the ripe black berries are edible. The strains that produce white flowers are usually used, while the purple flowering strains are deadly!
Common problems with European Black Nightshade
Red spider mites can shorten the lifespan.
How to propagate European Black Nightshade
Selfseed - sow seeds directly where needed. It will easily grow in 14 days.
Special features of European Black Nightshade
Other uses of European Black Nightshade
Grown for their flowers and ornamental fruits. Flowers most seasons. Suitable for coastal conditions.
Long list of medicinal uses, was considered a 'dangerous' medicine in old times!
The ripe berries are eaten raw or cooked into a delicious jam. The leaves are cooked in some countries as a green vegetable, but contain solanine that needs to be cooked out!