Known as: Black Nightshade, Bull Nettle, Carolina Horsenettle,
Nightshade, Deadly Nightshade, Climbing Nightshade, Bittersweet Nightshade,
Silvernettle, etc. Many names and varieties all of which should be
considered toxic. (Silverleaf Nightshade pictured.)
Latin Name: Solanum family (Solanum nigrum, Solanum
carolinense, Solanum dulcamara
Poisonous Parts: Whole plant but berries highest in toxicity.
Major toxin is the alkaloid glycoside solanine. Combined with
other glycosides and atropine produces varied powerful symptoms.
Symptoms: Produces varied toxic effects. Primarily affects the
gastrointestinal tract but can also affect the central nervous system.
Signs can include abdominal pain, vomiting, diarrhea, incoordination, weakness,
hallucinations, convulsions, and possible death.
Treatment: Contact your veterinarian.