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Just going through my pictures from this season, and have a few pics I took of some plants I couldn't identify. Here's one, that was growing around a pile of compost that was delivered from offsite:

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Dark purple fruit
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It's to the left of the dried tuft of grass, low to the ground
 
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Nightshade of some type? Flowers and fruit look about right.
 
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Maybe something in the nightshade family?

Does it send out root wherever it touches the ground? Does it smell really bad when crushed?
If so, it can run rampant and it's difficult to get rid of.
 
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Craig Dobbelyu wrote:...If so, it can run rampant and it's difficult to get rid of.


Build a compost pile on top of it.
 
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Yeah, it looks like solanum americanum or American nightshade. It has been a good year for that plant in Maine this year. I often see it on the inside edges of my hoophouses.
 
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Yep, I was thinking something in the nightshade family, and that looks right to me...here's the Wikipedia entry on it for more info: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Solanum_americanum

I think I'll bag up all the berries and try to get rid of it if possible...
 
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That looks like black nightshade. I consider it a nice weed, it's an edible plant. The berries are decent tasting. Sam Thayer has a great chapter about black nightshade in his book Nature's Garden.
 
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