Boboe
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Please help me ID this...pepper??

I've got a vegetable garden in my back yard. Back in the fall I planted some (I think) serrano seeds that I took out of a store-bought pepper. Nothing came up, so I overseeded with beets. Fast forward to a month ago, and what looked like a pepper plant popped up. Then another came up in roughly the same row a few feet away. The plant looks to me like a pepper, but the flowers and fruits don't seem quite right. I've been told that peppers will cross-pollinate with other types of peppers, which could lead to odd-looking hybrids.

The plants are multi-stemmed, upright, and bushy. They're currently about 2' tall. Most of the leaves look like regular pepper leaves, but there are also some leaves that have serrated edges. The flowers are about 1/4" in diameter, white petals, yellow centers, held downward, and are in clusters of 3-5 on short stalks that come out from the stem. The fruits, at this point, are very small and round. They don't seem to be growing much, even though they've been on the plant for probably 2 weeks.

If you need different photos or have questions that will help answer my question, please ask! I just hope I haven't been coddling weeds.

Thanks!

P.S. There's a third plant that's really just single-stemmed, although it's started to branch now. Its leaves are mostly serrated, compared to the other two plants who's leaves are mostly non-serrated.
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This is the other plant which has a single stem, and more serrated leaves.
This is the other plant which has a single stem, and more serrated leaves.
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Re: Please help me ID this...pepper??

With the clusters of little round fruits, it looks like black nightshade or deadly nightshade. I can't tell the difference but black nightshade fruits ripen to black. I would have to look it up -- is it the deadly nightshade fruits (similar round fruit clusters) that turn red or is it something else?
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Boboe
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Re: Please help me ID this...pepper??

Thanks! You knocked it out of the park. I searched the web for black nightshade, and that's exactly what it is. I'm growing something that's trying to kill me. Damn. Time to rip those out of the ground. :(

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Re: Please help me ID this...pepper??

It's a common mistake. Peppers are in the nightshade family and small plants look very similar.

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