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Solanum Nigrum - Plant

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It is a bushy or herbaceous plant growing up to 1.25 m tall.
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Description for Solanum Nigrum

Black nightshade is a plant, an annual weed that grows up to 60cm tall, is branched and usually erect, growing wild in wastelands and crop fields. Alternate leaves are ovate deep green with an indented margin and acuminate at the tip. Flowers are white with yellow colored centre. The berries are green at early stage and turn to orange or black when ripened.

Common nameFlower coloursBloom timeHeightDifficulty
black nightshade, duscle, garden nightshade, garden huckleberry, hound's berry, petty morel, wonder berry, small-fruited black nightshade, or popoloWhite 5-9 weeks12 to 47 ineasy to grow

Planting and care

Plant where they will receive a minimum of 5 to 6 hours of full sun per day.
Plant grown in weak sun may not die at once, but they weaken gradually.
Give them plenty of organic matter when planting and don’t crowd them.

SunlightSoilWaterTemperatureFertilizer
Full Sun to Partial Shade well-drained soilmediumHigh temperatureApply any organic fertilizer

Caring for Solanum Nigrum

  • Start with pruning shears for smaller growth.
  • Use loppers, which look like giant, long-handle shears, for growth that is more than half an inch thick.
  • A small pruning saw is handy, as it cuts on both the push and the pull.

Typical uses of Solanum Nigrum

Special features: Solanum nigrum is regarded as an environmental weed in Victoria, Western Australia, New South Wales, Queensland and the Northern Territory.

Culinary use: The ripe berries and boiled leaves of edible strains are eaten.

Ornamental use: The plant is used for ornamental purpose

Medicinal use: Black nightshade is used for skin diseases, rheumatism, and gout. Juice of the herb is given in chronic enlargement of the liver.
It can cure ear, and eye diseases.
It is sometimes prescribed to "remove the effect of old age."

References

  • https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Solanum_nigrum#Culinary_usage
  • http://www.flowersofindia.net/catalog/slides/Black%20Nightshade.html

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