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Garden huckleberry, Sunberry, Black nightshade, Morella

Solanaceae Solanum nigrum L.

Source: Magness et al. 1971

This is an herbaceous annual, up to 2 or more feet in height, having simple, ovate leaves about 6 inches long, pointed at both ends. Fruits are globular, smooth skinned, black, and borne in small clusters. The plant is widely distributed in the wild, and leaves are sometimes gathered and used as pot herbs. Fruits are also used for preserves and pies. A garden form, with fruits about 0.5-inch in diameter, is occasionally cultivated in home gardens. The wonderberry is a close relative to the poisonous nightshades.

Season, seeding to harvest: For leaves, 2 to 3 months. For fruit, 3 to 4 months.

Production in U.S.: None commercial. Rare in home gardens.

Use: Leaves as pot herbs, fruits culinary.

Parts of plant consumed: Leaves and whole fruits.

Last update June 26, 1996 bha