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Deadly nightshade

Atropa belladonna

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Deadly nightshade is a plant which belongs to the Atropa genus.

Deadly nightshade is a flowering herb perennial, it will last at least up to several years in its native climate.

Deadly nightshade normally grows with a forb habit to a mature height of 1.00 metres (that's 3.25 feet imperial). This plant tends to bloom in mid summer.

Deadly nightshade is known to be toxic to humans and/or animals, so be careful where you position and how you handle this plant.

As Deadly nightshade is a low maintanence plant, it is great for beginner gardeners and those that like gardens that don't need much overseeing.

This plant info is provided by the myfolia gardener's wiki. All details about Deadly nightshade have been kindly provided by our members.

How to grow Deadly nightshade

  • Dappled Sun

  • Partial Sun

  • Low

not too difficult to keep in check with persistent uprooting

Enjoys a dappled sun / partial sun position in your garden and remember to apply water fairly sparingly. Keep in mind when planting that Deadly nightshade is thought of as very hardy, so this plant will survive though longer winters with little or no damage.

See our list of companion Plants for Deadly nightshade to see which plants you should plant in close proximity to encourage growth.

Growing Deadly nightshade from seed

Transplanting Deadly nightshade

Ensure that temperatures are mild and all chance of frost has passed before planting out, as Deadly nightshade is a very hardy plant.

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Deadly nightshade Etymology

The common name belladona originated from its historic use by women. Bella dona is Italian for beautiful lady.1

Other names for Deadly nightshade


Atropa bella-donna L.

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