The flowering potato vine (Solanum jasminoides) is grown in many gardens because of its fast growth, semi-evergreen foliage and white flowers. A member of the nightshade family, the flowering potato vine is a relative of the familiar garden potato. Like the garden potato, the leaves, stems, flowers and berries are all toxic to man and beast -- including your beloved puppy, Picasso.
The Toxic Solanum Family
The members of the nightshade, or Solanum family, including tomatoes, potatoes and the flowering potato vine, all contain alkaloids which may be toxic if eaten in large quantities. Among the symptoms of alkaloid poisoning are confusion, dilated pupils, diarrhea, drooling, sleepiness, vomiting and weakness. If you think Picasso might have eaten your vine, take him to the veterinarian as soon as possible. Tell the veterinarian what he ate and take a sample of the plant to the vet's office.
With degrees in fine and commercial art and Spanish, Ruth de Jauregui is an old-school graphic artist, book designer and published author. De Jauregui authored 50 Fabulous Tomatoes for Your Garden, available as an ebook. She enthusiastically pursues creative and community interests, including gardening, home improvement and social issues.