Bittersweet - Solanum dulcamara

    Alt Name
    Woody Nightshade
    Description

    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
    Habitat

    Woods, hedgerows and scrub.

    When to see it

    June to September.

    Life History

    Perennial.

    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.

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    UK Map