Bittersweet - Solanum dulcamara

    Alternative names
    Woody Nightshade

    Scrambling plant with stems sometimes reaching 2 metres. Leaves arrow shaped or heart shaped. Flowers purple with pale yellow anthers (very rarely white), 10 to 15 mm nodding with reflexed petals. Berry egg shaped, shiny and red when ripe.

    Identification difficulty

    Woods, hedgerows and scrub.

    When to see it

    June to September.

    Life History


    UK Status

    Very common throughout Britain except in the extreme north.

    VC55 Status

    Very common in Leicestershire and Rutland. In the 1979 Flora survey of Leicestershire it was found in 600 of the 617 tetrads.

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    Coloured circles = NatureSpot records: 2020+ | 2015-2019 | pre-2015

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