Nightshade, Eastern Black
Other names: Black or deadly nightshade
Life cycle: Summer annual
Found in: Cropland, pastures and hay fields throughout the U.S. east of the Rocky Mountains.
General description: An erect slightly hairy plant.
Seedlings: Cotyledons are green on top and purple or maroon-tinted on the underside. Hypocotyls are hairy and green or maroon.
True leaves: Alternate, ovate and slightly hairy, with blunt teeth on the margins. Young leaves are tinted purple or maroon on the underside.
Flowers and fruit: Flowers are white or purple, star-shaped and bloom in clusters of five to seven. Fruit is a purplish-black berry.