| Bittersweet |
| Solanum dulcamara|
| Uses: Medicinal/Poisonous!
|| Duration: Perennial (hardy in zones 4-6) |
| When to Sow: Spring
|| Ease of Germination: Moderate |
A perennial, shrubby plant found in moist areas in the eastern and north-central Americas and in Europe. The flowers are bluish-purple tint in loose, drooping clusters. The scarlet, bitter berries hang on the vine for months after the leaves have fallen and give the plant an attractive appearance in autumn. Ointment made with chamomile is effective for swellings, bruises, sprains and corns. Combined with curled dock it helps skin diseases. Also used for chronic bronchial irritations, asthma and whooping cough. Caution: Use only with supervision: can cause paralysis and respiratory failure.