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.


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