Weed patrol: Bittersweet nightshade

Bittersweet nightshade vine

Spring is entering the “Holy Crap look how fast everything is coming up” phase. As in, all of a sudden, there’s a huge vining tangle of Bittersweet nightshade up on the hill. Well, it’s a much smaller clump now, and I’ll be back to pull up more.

It’s a pity this plant is so unruly. Bumblebees love the purple flowers. But the bright red berries fall everywhere and seed everywhere and do their best to grow more vines everywhere. The bumbles will have to make do with raspberries and coneflowers and butterfly bush. No more nightshade.