A couple of summers ago I noticed a pretty plant in the backyard. It’s a floaty vine with beautiful flowers. The bees love them. I didn’t give it much thought until I tried to photograph it –
Very difficult. Those leaves are like sails and catch the least little breeze. What a PITA, honestly. But the flowers were so pretty and reminded me of Shooting Stars though I knew they weren’t. So I did some checking and discovered what I had on my hands is Bittersweet Nightshade also called Deadly Nightshade although I think they might be different species that only look alike. Either way it’s poison. Bittersweet nightshade won’t actually kill you, but I it will make you wish you were dead for a while.
So I kept an eye on it and after a few weeks I saw this –
Aren’t they the cutest things? They look just like tiny tomatoes. No wonder since tomatoes are in the nightshade family. Not surprising people thought they were poison for centuries. After a few days they look like this –
OMG aren’t they awesome? Don’t you love how the stems turn black and evil looking? I want to eat one they look so appetizing. I won’t, but something does. When they all turn red they disappear quick just like the leaves which get eaten down to nothing. Deadly sure, but only to us.