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A perennial vine or sprawling shrub; lower stems woody, upper herbaceous branches die back each year Flowers have star-shaped, purple, backward-pointing petals and stamens fused in a prominent yellow cone; grow in clusters along branches on short stalks extending out from the stems Berries are round or egg-shaped and bright red when ripe with numerous yellow, flattened seeds; unripe berries are green Leaves are dark-green to purplish and often with one or two small ear-like lobes near the base, leaf blades are 1 to 4 inches long Main root grows horizontally just below the surface and suckers frequently Crushed leaves and bark have an unpleasant smell.
Spotted in a wetland habitat. An invasive species originally from Europe. Considered a "weed of concern" here in King County.
The fruit is an ovoid red berry about 1 cm long, soft and juicy, with the aspect and odor of a tiny tomato, and edible for some birds, which disperse the seeds widely. However, the berry is poisonous to humans and livestock, and the berry's attractive and familiar look make it dangerous for children.-Wikipedia.