Be berry berry careful!

Today the theme is poisonous berries…not necessarily a nice theme but there are some very beautiful berries out there.

Take this one-Deadly Nightshade, or as horticultural boffs might say Atropa Belladonna.

Here she is in varying shades of berry…..

Woody Nightshade you fool NOT Deadly nightshade!

Now then, you have caught me in the midst of a mistake, a faux pas, an idiot fool moment!

All my life I thought this plant was Deadly Nightshade (Atropa Belladonna) but literally 3 minutes ago, whilst checking my facts on the internet I found that this is the Woody Nightshade! Here’s a picture to go with a new fact for me!

Woody Nightshade!

So, whilst I’m reeling with the shock of my years of misinformation, another photo…

That’s WOODY NIGHTSHADE!

So it won’t kill you but it will:  increase bodily secretions and lead to vomiting and convulsions.

ie: Don’t eat it!

And finally, the beautiful purple flowers that come before the berries (Oh I’m all back to front and WRONG today!)

Very Pretty!

On to Black Bryony now which is lurking around my favourite scrumping patches. It drapes itself over blackberry bushes and elderberry trees and….here’s a photo of it doing just that…

Apparently Black Bryony is from the same family as the yam!

And, of course, a close up…

‘Bryony’ means ‘to be full to bursting!’

This is what Black Bryony will do to you: The berries are attractive and they can cause burning and blistering of the mouth and digestive system, resulting in vomiting and diarrhoea. The sap is also an irritant.

I think I will have to stop now as I feel I need to scour the internet for true facts about things I thought I knew! I may be away for some time!

See Ya xx

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