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Herb of the Week-Bittersweet

COMMON NAMES

Bittersweet
Bitter Nightshade
Felonwort
Nightshade
Violet-bloom
Woody Nightshade
The herb known as the bittersweet is a vine like perennial herb that has long trailing or climbing stems reaching up to ten feet in length each. The plant is characterized by possessing heart shaped to oval leaves that alternate on each side of the stem; each single leaf normally has two earlike segments at the base. The herb bears unique star shaped flowers which bloom in April lasting till September, these flowers are a pinkish purple and have bright yellow stamens. In the fall, the flowers turn into green berries, that all turn a bright red in color.

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