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Atropa belladonna var. lutea

Atropa belladonna var. lutea
yellow-flowered deadly nightshade
Atropa belladonna var. lutea

Common name yellow-flowered deadly nightshade
Family solanaceae
Life cycle perennial
Flowers yellow (May-June)
Size 3'
Light part shade
From seed Germinate at room temperature
Flowers first year from seed sown indoors early.
detailed seed-starting info below

Nodding, greenish yellow flowers on a large-leaved plant. The flowers develop into 1/2" yellow fruit. In the eggplant family – it reminds me mostly of the weedier species in the clan. Has survived several winters in our garden, so I rate it hardy to zone 6 at least. I grew this from seed labeled as Scopolia stramonifolia, but it never looked like pictures I found of that plant. Thanks to Marck's helpful comment below, I now know what it actually is. Given the extreme toxicity of the leaves and berries of this species, combined with its limited ornamental value and non-native status, I think I'll be eliminating it from our garden.

yellow-flowered deadly nightshade
Developing fruit, late July

We left this plant behind in our Pennsylvania garden (and wish it well); we don't grow it in Houston.

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Seed-starting details for this plant

  1. Seed from '05/'06 HPS/MAG exchange. Baggy 70F (78%G, 9-20d)
  2. Same seed as above. Baggy 70F (48%G, 23-40d)

The older seed germinated more slowly, and I think it yielded weaker seedlings.

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