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BITTERSWEET Solanum dulcamara (Solanaceae) Height to 1.5m. Downy and scrambling perennial that is woody at the base, hence the alternative name Woody Nightshade. Grows in hedgerows and scrub, and often on stabilised shingle beaches. FLOWERS are 10-15mm across with 5 purple, petal-like corolla lobes and projecting yellow anthers; borne in hanging clusters of purple stems (May-Sep). FRUITS are poisonous, egg-shaped red berries, up to 1cm long. LEAVES are oval and pointed. STATUS-Widespread and common throughout, except in the N and in Ireland.