Bittersweet, Nightshade (Solanum dulcamara) potted plant, organic
$7.50 – $50.00
Family: Nightshade (Solanaceae)
Hardy to Zones 4 to 8
Native to Europe and Asia, this interesting plant has spread almost as fast as the herpes virus, to which it is inimical. The vines drape in a comely manner and are not particularly bothersome, although they can be a bit woody and tenaceous. The flowers are complex bells, pendent and brightly colored. The red berries are showy but potentially toxic if taken internally. Low dosage of tincture or tea of dried stems is used for treating sluggish liver, obesity and maladies of the skin related to poor assimilation of fats. Do not confuse this plant with another vining bittersweet (Celastrus scandens), that is used in dried flower arrangements and has orange berries, not red. Plant prefers part shade and moist, well-drained soil. It doesn’t really get started until early summer, and the fruits may persist into the winter, looking like dried cherries.
Potted plant, Certified Organically Grown
By the way, this plant is not for sale to WA state