Mystery fruiting plant

hyperartAugust 31, 2011


I have this mysterious plant that came "bundled" from another plant I bought a while back. I planted it and it is now fruiting tiny little green fruits, and I have no idea what it is!

It is not very tall, maybe 2', and is sparsely branched, kind of like a young tomatillo.

The photo of it is attached:

Can anyone please help me identify it?

I googled for a long time, and I couldn't find anything even close, except for Nightshade (but not exactly) -- which would be deadly if eaten!

It's in my veggie garden right now and I have to go out of town soon, so I don't want my in-laws to eat anything inedible while they're watching over it!

Thanks sooo much.


Here is a link that might be useful:

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wcgypsy(10 / Sunset 23)

Does look like solanum ptycanthum / Nightshade.

    Bookmark   August 31, 2011 at 9:48AM
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hoosierquilt USDA 10A Sunset 23 Vista CA

Agree with wcgypsy, it's Nightshade. And yes, like so many of the other solamum family (potatoes, tomatoes), the green parts and green, unripe fruits are poisonous. If you're uncomfortable, pull it out. The sap can be irritating so some people, so wear gloves. I believe, however, like tomatoes, the completely ripe berries are not poisonous, but that may not be enough for you to keep it in your garden :-)

Patty S.

    Bookmark   August 31, 2011 at 12:22PM
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Darn it! And I was hoping that I'd have a nice--and not deadly--berry surprise when I come back from my trip. :P

It looks so healthy too...

Thanks for the replies!

    Bookmark   September 1, 2011 at 8:05AM
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I think it is the one with the common name 'Jerusalem Cheery' or Solanum pseudocapsicum. I have one that has persisted for years, even though it is frosted back every year. Al

    Bookmark   September 2, 2011 at 10:05AM
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I believe it's this: Black Nightshade It's a bit invasive but you can make jams or bbq sauces with it. Don't eat the green berries, those are poison.

    Bookmark   September 2, 2011 at 4:33PM
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