Photographs: Bantry, Co.Cork
Woody Nightshade / Bitter-sweet
Clusters of downward-hanging purple flowers, yellow anthers, reflexed petals.
Poisonous red egg-shaped berries.
Lower leaves, stalked, usually small lobes at base. Upper with 3 leaflets.
Stems woody at base, scrambling, climbing. Height: To 2m.
All parts of this plant are poisonous.
Damp woodland, hedgerows, streamsides.
Similar: S. dulcamara var. marinum is prostrate, found on shingle beaches.
Above: Woody Nightshade. Blarney, County Cork. August 2008