Family, Nightshade. Color, white. Corolla, wheel-shaped, 5-parted. Calyx, 5-parted. Flowers, clustered in umbels, on nodding peduncles, 3 to 10 growing from the side of the stem. Berries black, round, smooth. Leaves, petioled, ovate, wavy, thin. An ill-looking weed found in shady, damp spots, especially in cultivated soil.

The deadly nightshade is an English plant with bright-red berries, not found here. The tomato, egg-plant, and capsicum, also the Irish potato, belong to this Family, which contains, besides these useful and edible plants, many that are very poisonous. The berry of the potato is said to be poisonous.