The taste and texture is almost exactly like a tart blueberry. Medicinal uses of Solanum varieties. On Nov 16, 2013, akinik from Delhi,India wrote: Evaluation of Antimicrobial Activity of Crude Methanol Extract of Solanum nodiflorum Jacq (Solanaceae). Pretty tasty. Most of the poison is in the green berries. Solanum americanum, commonly known as American black nightshade, small-flowered nightshade or glossy nightshade is an herbaceous flowering plant of wide though uncertain native range. Likewise, black nightshade is not another name for henbane, although these two plants are cousins. Diamonon Raf. Solanastrum Fabr. American black nightshade has possible medical value in treating the herpes virus due to its antiviral properties. (but see text). Section Crinitum It belongs to Solanaceae family. Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping, Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater, This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds, From seed; winter sow in vented containers, coldframe or unheated greenhouse, Remove fleshy coating on seeds before storing, Allow unblemished fruit to ripen; clean and dry seeds, Unblemished fruit must be significantly overripe before harvesting seed; clean and dry seeds, Properly cleaned, seed can be successfully stored. It also contains the nightshades and horse nettles, as well as numerous plants cultivated for their ornamental flowers and fruit. American Black Nightshade is a very important Hawaiian medicinal plant and is still used for this purpose to this day. On Jan 26, 2006, Terry from Murfreesboro, TN (Zone 7a) wrote: Ripe berries can be cooked into jam or preserves, but should not be eaten raw. Plant Type: This is a herbaceous plant, it is a annual which can reach 100cm in height (39inches). The leaves are soft and somewhat velvety, with an aesthetically pleasing, wavy shape. Solanocharis Bitter While some nightshade plants include those in which we commonly cultivate in gardens, like tomatoes and potatoes, its the weedy, creeping varieties that are most likely to cause issues in the landscape. Everything I have read says small amounts are healthy, and cooking into jellies jams it's great! Richard Kastanie wrote:Sam Thayer has written a good deal about black nightshade at this page.It is used extensively as a food plant in many places of the world, reported poisonings can be traced back to misidentification, usually with belladonna (which is the plant the deserves the name "deadly nightshade", but they are pretty easily distinguished from each other. The black nightshade (S. nigrum) is also generally considered poisonous, but its fully ripened fruit and foliage are cooked and eaten in some areas. 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