What is this plant? ?


It appeared in my flower bed as a tiny plant with tiny pretty purple flowers. I left it to see what it would become. It quickly took over my flowerbed. Is it a weed or flowering vine?

q what is this plant

It has small red berries

q what is this plant

This was an empty bed in May

q what is this plant

Pretty purple flowers

  7 answers
  • Rebecca Taylor Rebecca Taylor on Sep 10, 2018

    Hello, it looks like bittersweet nightshade.

  • Retta Robinson Retta Robinson on Sep 10, 2018

    Possibly vinca major. Left alone it will take over your neighborhood. If it's still in a small area, you can pull it out. If already spread, spray with round-up and be persistent. The roots run underground and it may come up again some distance away. To be honest, I save a tiny patch of it to pull up and plant in flower pots. It looks nice hanging over the sides.

    • Bobbie Bobbie on Sep 10, 2018

      I did plant vinca in pots this spring. It’s possible it got away from me...I definitely check that out

      thank you!,

  • Mona Blake Mona Blake on Sep 10, 2018

    It is a wild flower. The birds love the berries, they are poisonous to us.

  • Pat Pat on Sep 10, 2018

    It is an ivy type weed....it grows up in our lilac bush and eventually the berries will turn purple. It is very evasive....I pull them out as soon as I see them. In my flower bed and rose bed, they vine out till they find something to grow up on. When I miss pulling them, I see the vine waving toward the sky looking for something else to climb on. There is a name for it but it escapes me right now.

  • Jane Starcher Jane Starcher on Sep 10, 2018

    It is deadly nightshade. Very poisonous and invasive. https://allthatsinteresting.com/deadly-nightshade

  • Craft Invaders Craft Invaders on Oct 25, 2018

    It looks like a nightshade to me too, but not one that I've seen here in the UK so I am not sure which one. As other commenters have mentioned some varieties are very poisonous, although not all (tomatoes and potatoes are in the nightshade family I believe)

  • Winnie Winnie on Oct 25, 2018

    Looks like potatoe vine, although the flowers are usually larger than urs but this could be do to growing conditions. What did your extension agent say?