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Being a fledgling herbalist and a witch to boot, I of course like to at least study the Gothic Plants (datura, nightshade, hemlock, henbane, aconite, etc.) I was launched into learning more about Nightshade quite by accident when out exploring the local golf course one day.
You see, the golf course by my home actually reserves area for natural prairie to regrow along the course (much to the dismay of many a golfer who has lost their ball in the sectioned-off areas). When out walking the course, as I am wont (but not supposed) to do, I came across the most beautiful plant, light violet star-shaped flowers, striking red berries. I fell in love, but had no idea what this plant was so I came back home to do my research. I found out that it was...WOODY nightshade??? Naturally I was rather confused. There's more than one type of Nightshade?
Indeed there is, my dear witches. I know of three particular varieties, each with their own slew of folknames, in fact. I'm sure there are some I've missed, but these are the three I definitely know about.
I'm including links to the wikipedia pages for each so you can find more information for yourself--go get educated! :-P If you would like some more information on Gothic Plants in general I would recommend Garden Witch's Herbal by Ellen Dugan. Recommended listening is "Belladonna and Aconite" by Inkubus Sukkubus. ;)