Black Nightshade - Solanum nigrum


Low to medium plant stems spreading to erect, often blackish. Flowers white with yellow anthers, 10 to 14 mm in clusters of 5 to 10 petal lobes spreading or reflexed. Berry green at first but dull black when ripe.

Identification difficulty

Bare and disturbed ground, waste places, cultivated land.

When to see it

July to October.

Life History


UK Status

Widespread and quite frequent in England south of the Humber, local elsewhere and almost absent from Scotland.

VC55 Status

Fairly frequent in Leicestershire and Rutland. When it becomes established in agricultural fields with light soil it can become abundant. In the 1979 Flora survey of Leicestershire it was found in 84 of the 617 tetrads.

Leicestershire & Rutland Map


Yellow squares = NBN records (all known data)
Coloured circles = NatureSpot records: 2020+ | 2015-2019 | pre-2015

UK Map