Nightshades are a fast growing bushes and small trees, up to 5 metres tall. They can be found in rough pasture, roadsides and waste places.
Woolly nightshade (also known as flannelweed, tobacco weed and kerosene weed) and other nightshade weeds such as black nightshade are fast growing and weeds in unkempt places. The woolly nightshade is often mistaken for deadly nightshade which is poisonous but very rare in New Zealand. Nightshade trees and shrubs produce attractive berries of various colour depending on ripeness and species.
Black nightshade and its less common bit more poisonous cousin Deadly nightshade are tall, upright plants, much branched. The foliage, and especially the stems, can get quite a purplish tinge.
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