white flowering bush with small black berries

Asked July 1, 2016, 6:15 PM EDT

Had several small bushes crop up, clusters of tiny five point white flowers that yield small shiny black berries. Any idea? We are in tx on the gulf coast

Jefferson County Texas weed identification nightshade

1 Response

Thank you for the image. Your mystery plant is a nightshade, probably black nightshade. These are perennial weeds which continue to grow for a number of years. If it has been present for a number of years, it will be difficult to pull out. The berries are toxic.

You can kill it with an herbicide (weed killer) with the active ingredient triclopyr by cutting the stem and immediately applying the herbicide to the cut surface of the stub in the ground. If you need to eliminate a more extensive swath, contact your county’s Extension Service office for appropriate suggestions. You can locate that office using this interactive map: http://npic.orst.edu/pest/countyext.htm