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Q.Jasmine Nightshade

Zone Somerset uk | Anonymous added on August 22, 2021 | Answered

Hello, I have just moved into a new house and they have what looks like jasmine nightshade along one fence. I have two young children and have read that this plan is toxic. I just wanted to check how toxic this is? If they did (fingers crossed they don’t) get hold of one of the berries and eat it, I assume one is not enough to do any major harm ? I assume it is not fatal like the deadly nightshade?

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Answered on September 3, 2021

There are many in the genus, Solanum. Unfortunately, many of them look so similar that they are hard to tell apart. It could be that, or another close relative, most of which are toxic or deadly.

I would not risk letting anyone consume the plant. Education on the dangers of the genus are usually enough to deter one from consuming them, though.


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