Solarum nigrum?

Bindalot

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Hello I’m Alexandra I have 4 tortoises all living separately 2 horsefields a Herman & a spur thigh we live in the New Forest UK . I’ve been growing a lot of weeds buying the seeds from a reptile online store & to my horror one of my trays has sprouted solarum Nigrum the deadly nightshade family , the tray is full of only them so I’m sure they came from the seeds I bought . I’m getting quite confused after having them identified some people have told me they’re not poisonous. I’m assuming they are poisonous but before I dispose of them I thought I’d ask you experts your opinion. ( I think they should of been dandelions as the dandelions haven’t grown unfortunately my label blew away 😩 ) thanks in advance for any info ☺️
 

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Hi, and welcome!

Sorry, I don't know anything about this plant. When I asked my friend, Google, about it I got two different answers, yes it's edible, and no it's toxic.
 

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This says the berries are the toxic part of the plant...I have deadly nightshade in one of my tortoise enclosures, I have lived here for 15 years and had that plant in my Sulcata pen. It's always been just one vine and I pull it out root and all, but it grows back every year. The berries of mine are red and toxic

 

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This says the berries are the toxic part of the plant...I have deadly nightshade in one of my tortoise enclosures, I have lived here for 15 years and had that plant in my Sulcata pen. It's always been just one vine and I pull it out root and all, but it grows back every year. The berries of mine are red and toxic

Thank you for the info, very interesting website 😀
 

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Interesting article. This thread reminds me of pokeweed (which I just learned is ALSO called American nightshade). Some wild birds and reptiles eat it; it's dangerous to mammals. But I grew up never knowing it was a "bad" plant, my grandma taught me about the tradition of boiling up the leaves and it was tasty!

A big welcome to you and your tortoise family!
 
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