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Offline Rena

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ID please
« on: April 11, 2014, 19:00:58 PM »
What is this plant/weed?

Can it be nastergal/night shade?
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« Reply #1 on: April 11, 2014, 21:27:38 PM »
Rena i have some too. Very vigorous growers. I see the lady bugs like them and quite often totally destroy the leaves so they die off. Moral of the story. Get some lady bugs and they will dissapear. i think they are brought  to the garden by birds.

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« Reply #2 on: April 12, 2014, 06:56:59 AM »
Hi Rena

 Do the seeds turn black when they ripen?

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« Reply #3 on: April 12, 2014, 08:04:24 AM »
Leroy mine does.

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« Reply #4 on: April 12, 2014, 08:58:30 AM »
Hi Leroy - good to see you're still around :)
The seeds are still green at the moment - I'll have to watch them.
BTW - all the seeds you sent are doing very well and I'm hoping for some nice surprises!

Eddie - yes, very vigorous - this one came up in a hanging basket I planted up with strawberries and seemed to appear overnight.

I get so many plants popping up in strange places and get fanatical about finding out what they are..... :o

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« Reply #5 on: April 12, 2014, 19:52:17 PM »
I am waiting in anticipation (not being rude) for Leroy's answer. Maybe it is something edible. All i can say is next year there will be plenty more. I almost think they make Jam from the berries but don't trust me on this one.

By the way when you pull them out it leaves a funny smell on your hands. Can't remember nice or foul. Rub one of the leaves between your fingers to see if it the same one that i have.

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« Reply #6 on: April 12, 2014, 20:23:26 PM »
Eddie - the leaves smell like leaves....................seriously, there is just a faint nice "leafy" smell on my fingers!

I spoke to an old gardening friend of mine and she claims it is black nightshade or galbessie (solanum nigrum)  - not to be confused with the deadly nightshade which is apparently similar but really deadly.  Says the deadly one has individual berries not bunches like the galbessie....?
She eats the berries and has lived to nearly 80 so far and  says she has given me some seed of it some time ago - but I don't remember that as when she gives me seed and I ask what seed it is, she usually says "you know, the plant with green leaves........" so I usually just pop the seed into one of my pots and then wait and see what comes up.

I'm pretty convinced that this ID is correct - but will wait for LeRoy's confirmation.
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« Reply #7 on: April 26, 2014, 19:04:17 PM »

The berries are turning black and I tasted some today - but a very insipid taste.....
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Re: ID - Common nightshade (solanum nigrum)
« Reply #8 on: April 27, 2014, 14:02:40 PM »
Rena  :)

Yes I concur with your ID Common nightshade (solanum nigrum)

Yes we have it too - it is a pest but I do not think I would fancy tasting it in spite of your friend's longevity.
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« Reply #9 on: April 27, 2014, 17:29:30 PM »
I'm not convinced that this one is worth a place in my garden......
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« Reply #10 on: April 27, 2014, 18:23:15 PM »
Hi All
When I was much younger and my grandfather had a farm we used to eat these berries. They have a very distinct flavour as Eddie has mentioned and once you get used to them they are quite nice eating.
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« Reply #11 on: April 27, 2014, 18:43:32 PM »
Ok LeRoy, I'll snack off the berries on my one and see if I can get to liking them :)

Maybe our delicious grenadillas I've been eating have spoilt the taste of these berries in comparison.....

A friend raved about dragon fruit and I bought one (very pricey) to try it and was also very disappointed with the insipid taste - maybe my taste buds have gone for a loop......

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« Reply #12 on: April 28, 2014, 06:57:32 AM »
Hi Rena
I have 2 Dragon fruit plants they are the white ones. You most probably got the red one which to me are also not nice but my wife loves them. The dragon fruit come from the epiphyllum plant.
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« Reply #13 on: April 28, 2014, 10:47:52 AM »
Hi LeRoy

I was given a dragon fruit plant some time ago but am not sure which one it is.  Yep, the fruit I bought was red - and I did see the similarity to the epi 's fruit (although much smaller fruit) but they tasted better.  Ok, so now I'll look out for a white fruit - so far I've only seen dragon fruit at checkers, nowhere else.

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« Reply #14 on: April 28, 2014, 11:03:55 AM »
Rena
If you do not eat all those Common nightshade berries or pull them out you will spend the rest of your life pulling them out - they declared them here as a noxious weed.
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