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Solanaceae atropa belladonna, Poison Berry, Climbing Nightshade, Deadly Nightshade, Bittersweet Nightshade

Description A creeping perennial vine, leaves are alternately arranged on a dark red to black colored woody stem. Flowers cluster off the main stem, have five petals and are purple with a yellow center. Berries start green and turn red as they ripen and oval in shape.


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Concern Level

High due to extreme toxicity.

Toxic Parts

Stems, leaves and unripe berries


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Stomach pain, dumbness, dilation of pupils, lack of appetite, diarrhea, lack of coordination, hemorrhagic gastroenteritis, weakness, difficulty breathing, drooling, unconsciousness, death.


Contains a glycoalkaloid called solanine which irritate the digestive tract, and the central nervous system. Can be fatal.


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More Information

Virginia Tech

*It should be noted that we are not veterinarians. This information is written specifically for horses and should be used for reference purposes only. If you think your horse has eaten something toxic call your vet right away.

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