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Nightshade

Posted by Stazha on July 15, 2010 at 2:58 PM

  Nightshade. Some call it Bella Donna. I call it deadly. The variety around my home is either Common Nightshade or Eastern Black Nightshade. It's a pretty little weed with white or purple flowers and it's related to the potato and tomato. It looks like a tomato plant too, but the fruit are small and black. Each berry is loaded with tiny little seeds.

 Nightshade is the suspected culprit in the poisoning of my goat herd last summer. I lost one doeling and struggled to keep two others alive. Those two survived but it took several weeks for them to return to normal. Now, I can spot Nightshade in an instant! And I pull it as fast as I find it.

  These pictures were taken near my home, as I find the plant everywhere I walk it seems! And, as you can see, it is actually growing in a pot!  A formidable opponant indeed.

 

 

 

 

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Reply Connie Sommer
8:11 PM on July 26, 2010 
I understand completely. Tonight I went and pulled at least 20 plants. Nasty little sprigs. I'm sure when they hit a certain time in their growth their a tasty weed for my mini horse Sugar, I'd say she's wised up after laying around uncomfortable for several days. I didn't realize it at the time til I found them growing, again!
My goats have never bothered nightshade, but also, this is the first year it's become abundant. My 'ol goats would never survive that treat.