Atropa belladonna var. lutea
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
||Germinate at room temperature
Flowers first year from seed sown indoors early.
detailed seed-starting info below
|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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|Marck Menke||Nov 01, 2012||Hi Rob,
You have a great website. It is always an educational pleasure to learn about gardening in other parts of the country. I'm also writing to give you a plant ID correction. The plant pictured on your plant profile of Scopolia stramonifolia is actually Atropa belladonna var. lutea. The yellow flowered form of deadly nightshade. I grew that plant myself from NARGS seed that was labeled as Scopolia. Anyway, please keep sharing your gardening experiences. They are most informative.
Thanks Marck. I've updated the page accordingly.
- Seed from '05/'06 HPS/MAG exchange. Baggy 70F (78%G, 9-20d)
- 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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