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Deadly Nightshade

Atropa belladonna

Also known as

Belladonna

Full Sun
Moderate care
Moderate watering
Half-hardy

H6-H3

RHS hardiness

-20°C

Minimum temperature

Expected size

Height
Spread

1.5m

Max

1m

50cm

Min

30cm

2 years to reach maturity

Flowering

  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

This plant has a mild fragrance

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Deadly Nightshade Overview

A wildflower famous for its very poisonous shiny black berries which appear in autumn. Named for Atropos, one of the 3 Fates who held the shears that could cut the thread of life. Bella donna meaning "beautiful lady" is believed to refer to the plants use in dilating the pupil, a proven way to increase attractiveness.

Common problems with Deadly Nightshade

Generally pest free but can suffer from a virus

    How to harvest Deadly Nightshade

    Generally not harvested.

    How to propagate Deadly Nightshade

    Seed

    Can take up to 6 months and is erratic.

    Other uses of Deadly Nightshade

    Suits flower beds/borders alongside water or in wooded areas.