Black Nightshade (Solanum nigrum) with other arable weeds in a field margin

Field Margin Flowers 3 – Black Nightshade

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Over the summer months I have been watching the way that an uncultivated strip of ploughed ground at the edge of a large maize field has been colonised by wild plants in my village of Charlton Down in Dorset. The Common Poppies first attracted me to the area. Then I began to notice all the other arable weeds. This post features Black Nightshade (Solanum nigrum) with its characteristic dark, sometimes appearing almost black, stems. The white drooping individual flowers with projecting yellow stamens, develop into green berries that ripen to black.

This Field Margin Flowers series presents images, not only of individual plant types, but also of whole assemblages of plants. You have to look very carefully to discover what is hiding in plain sight.

2 Replies to “Field Margin Flowers 3 – Black Nightshade”

  1. Thank you, Markus. Yes, these are distinct habits or ecosystems and I will try and write some more posts. I have been taking so many photographs over the last few months that it is difficult to organise and select the best.

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