Nightshade, Bittersweet (Solanum dulcamara L.)
The native species, S. americanum, is usually found in undisturbed habitats or moist open woodlands, stream banks, valleys, fields, roadsides and waste places throughout the east central United States from Maine to Florida and west to Minnesota, Nebraska and Oklahoma. It is found in almost all counties of Illinois. The introduced species, S. nigrum, is rare in Illinois but abundant in some places from Minnesota and the Dakotas to Oklahoma.
An introduced species from Eurasia, this plant is found in moist ground of low woods, roadsides, fence rows and thickets. It ranges from Nova Scotia to Minnesota through much of the Midwestern states and south to Florida and Texas. In Illinois, this plant is commonly found in the north-eastern counties including Champaign.
This plant is found in waste spaces or neglected fields, gardens, and roadsides from the Atlantic coast to Texas, north to South Dakota and as far south as Florida. It is a common weed in all counties of Illinois.
Silverleaf Nightshade is found in large colonies in open woodlands, pastures, stream valleys, roadsides and disturbed or waste grounds in the Southwest from Missouri to Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, Arizona, New Mexico and southwestern Colorado. This plant is found in a a few counties of Illinois, but a similar species (S. carolinense) is easily mistaken for this plant.
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