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Can you identify this plant (veg) please? 
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Sprout

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Post Can you identify this plant (veg) please?
This plant came up among our tomatoes! It has what looks like little groups of tomatoes all over it, but instead of yellow flowers, it has white ones! Can someone identify it please?
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Fri Jan 03, 2014 6:29 pm
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Post Re: Can you identify this plant (veg) please?
Deadly nightshade

Read more here; http://www.weeds.org.au/cgi-bin/weedident.cgi?tpl=plant.tpl&state=wa&s=&region=gd&card=H74


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Fri Jan 03, 2014 9:51 pm
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Post Re: Can you identify this plant (veg) please?
That's the one - pops up all over the place here - goulburn

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Sat Jan 11, 2014 10:04 am
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Post Re: Can you identify this plant (veg) please?
I saw this one kind of plant in my neighbor too :) might as well ask them ;)


Mon Jan 13, 2014 12:29 pm
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Post Re: Can you identify this plant (veg) please?
Pull them out as you find them, they're poisonous.


Fri Jan 17, 2014 2:48 pm
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Post Re: Can you identify this plant (veg) please?
Blackberry Nightshade (Solanum nigrum) is commonly and incorrectly called Deadly Nightshade (Atropa bella-donna). They are both in the Solanaceae family which contains both poisonous and edible plants. Edible examples are potatoes, capsicum/chillies, eggplants and tomatoes.

The plant in question is most likely Blackberry Nightshade and is not necessarily poisonous with the RIPE berries being harmless (and apparently can be made into jam.) Most cases of suspected poisoning are due to consumption of leaves or unripe fruit. It is an agricultural weed though.

Deadly Nightshade on the other hand as the name suggests is quite poisonous (both leaves and berries) and could make you very sick if consumed.

I have been told that the true Deadly Nightshade is not found growing wild in Australia but I cannot verify the truth of this. The person who told me this quite happily lets Blackberry Nightshade in grow in their chicken run and they eat it with no apparent harm. Again, I cannot verify this as although they may show no obvious symptoms straight away it does not necessarily mean that it may not cause organ damage in the long term.

I believe Blackberry Nightshade may be toxic to pigs.

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Fri Jan 17, 2014 5:07 pm
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Post Re: Can you identify this plant (veg) please?
Thank you all for your great help.
My son pulled it out, shame really as we both thought it was in better health than all the vegies!!

I also found 2 in my own garden. How on earth would this kind of plant come to be there?

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Ann


Tue Jan 21, 2014 12:19 pm
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Post Re: Can you identify this plant (veg) please?
Probably birds eat the berries and then poop the seed around.

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Tue Jan 21, 2014 9:53 pm
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Post Re: Can you identify this plant (veg) please?
It's like most weeds - they grow MUCH better than anything you want to have grow :lol:

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