News + Opinion » City

Deadly nightshades in Spryfield?---Updated



What's wrong?

Deadly nightshades in Spryfield?

Who's responsible?

Urban forester John Simmons, 490-6186.


Reader Virginia Heym insists that this plant, which is spreading from an original bush in front of the fire station on Herring Cove Road, is poisonous and a hazard to children, who might eat them. Simmons has taken this on as a project, bringing samples to the Natural History Museum for identification. See how this proceeds at

Simmons sends the following email:
I took a look at the plant in question, it is not Deadly nightshade ( Atropa belladonna) but Climbing nightshade (Solanum dulcamara). Climbing nightshade is fairly common in this area. I have added a web page that can give more info.
Hopefully this is helpful

John Simmons Urban Forester HRM

Send your favourite municipal malfunction to, or call 422-6278 ext. 113. To follow up on past problems, click on


Showing 1-1 of 1


Add a comment

Remember, it's entirely possible to disagree without spiralling into a thread of negativity and personal attacks. We have the right to remove (and you have the right to report) any comments that go against our policy.