Horse nettle - Plant
Common name: Solanum flavidum
Color: yellow and purple
Bloom time: May , Jun , Jul , Aug , Sep , Oct
Height: 3 ft
Difficulty level: easy to grow
Planting & Care
Silverleaf Nightshade gets its name from the silvery hairs that cover the plant, along with the nettle-like prickles. It grows 1-3 feet tall. The leaves are 2-4 inches long, with wavy edges. Flowers are violet-purple or white, about 2 cm across, with 5 petal-like lobes
that are joined at the base, forming a triangular shape at the tip of each lobe. All of them have the prominent, bright yellow stamens that distinguish all the horse nettles.
Sunlight: Full Sun
Soil: well-drained soil
Temprature: 68° to 86°F. (20° to 30°C).
Fertilizer: Apply any organic fertilizer
- The yellow fruits resemble small tomatoes and remain on the plant for months.
- They are said to be poisonous.
- The lavender, star-shaped flowers with yellow centers look attractive in the silvery foliage.
- But the plant is an aggressive, poisonous weed, spreading steadily from deep rootstocks; in a few states it is classified as a noxious weed.
Characteristics distinguishing horsenettle from other nightshades are its perennial spreading roots and prickly stems and leaves. Another distinctive feature
- The plant is used for ornamental purpose
for medicinal use, please consult appropriate doctor before use.
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