Plaintalker II is the successor to Plainfield Plaintalker, a hyperlocal blog about Plainfield, New Jersey.
Sunday, October 23, 2011
Nightshade's Curious Family
These pretty Nightshade berries may be seen on vines growing wild all over. On Block 832, we find them growing on chain-link fences in Municipal Parking Lot No. 7. Their attractive appearance is deceiving, as they are poisonous.
The Nightshade family is large and contains plants we think of as everyday foods, such as tomatoes and potatoes, as well as some plants that contain dangerous chemicals. The Burpee Seed company explains it all here.
I have been reporting on Plainfield for more than 30 years, first at the Plainfield Today weekly, then at the Courier News and after retirement on the Plainfield Plaintalker blog and its successor, Plaintalker II.
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