Bittersweet Nightshade (Solanum dulcamara)
Family: Nightshade (Solanaceae)
Native to Europe and Asia, this interesting plant has spread almost as fast as the herpes virus, to which it is inimical. The vines drape in a comely manner and are not particularly bothersome, although they can be a bit woody and tenaceous. The flowers are complex bells, pendent and brightly colored. The red berries are showy but poisonous. Low dosage of tincture or tea of dried stems is used for treating sluggish liver, obesity and maladies of the skin related to poor assimilation of fats. Do not confuse this plant with another vining bittersweet (Celastrus scandens), that is used in dried flower arrangements and has orange berries, not red. Plant prefers part shade and moist, well-drained soil. It doesn't really get started until early summer, and the fruits may persist into the winter, looking like dried cherries. By the way, this plant is not for sale to WA state
Delivery starts April 1, 2015
e as this useful plant is on the Washington state noxious weeds list. Hardy to -30 degrees F
Feel free to order this plant at any time, but please be aware that we SHIP PLANTS APRIL 1 to AUGUST 1 AND SEPTEMBER1 to DEC 1 only. Orders received outside these months will be automatically backordered. If you are ordering plants out of season, you may wish to order them separately from your seeds, in order to streamline the process.
If you have chosen a PLANT* (marked with a *), shipping costs are as follows:
1 to 6 PLANTS* will ship for $14.90
7 to 8 PLANTS* will ship for $19.90 (The shipping may be more if you buy other things in addition to plants.)
For 9 or more PLANTS* or if ordering plants NOT marked with a *, we will contact you with a UPS shipping estimate.