Horsenettle species are herbaceous perennial plants, branching occurs occasionally.

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About Horse nettle

Solanum elaeagnifolium (Silverleaf Nightshade, Prairie Berry, Silverleaf Nettle, White Horsenettle ) and Solanum carolinense L.(Horse nettle, Apple of Sodom, Carolina horsenettle, nightshade) Silverleaf Nightshade gets its name from the silvery hairs that cover the plant, along with the nettle-like prickles. 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. Horse-nettle is not related to true nettles, but rather to nightshade, tomatoes, and potatoes. The horse nettle flower has five broad, pointed petals that form a somewhat star-shaped corolla.

Plant Specifications

*above specification are indicative only. actual dimensions may vary by +-10%
Common Name Horse nettle, Apple of Sodom, Carolina horsenettle, Nightshade, Silverleaf Nightshade, Prairie Berry, Silverleaf Nettle, White Horsenettle
Maximum Reachable Height Up to 3 ft
Flower Colour White, Purple White, Purple
Bloom Time May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct
Difficulty Level Easy to grow

Planting and care

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.

Horse nettle care

Sunlight Full Sun
Watering Medium
Soil Well-drained soil
Temperature 68 degrees to 86 degrees F (20 degrees to 30 degrees C)
Fertilizer Apply any organic fertilizer

Horse nettle special feature

Characteristics distinguishing horsenettle from other nightshades are its perennial spreading roots and prickly stems and leaves. Five thick stamens of Solanum carolinense seem to have a "beak" shape.

Horse nettle uses

Ornamental Use:

  • The plant is used for an ornamental purpose

Frequently Asked Questions

What is another name for a Horse nettle ?

Horse nettle is commonly known as Horse nettle, Apple of Sodom, Carolina horsenettle, Nightshade, Silverleaf Nightshade, Prairie Berry, Silverleaf Nettle, White Horsenettle

How tall do Horse nettle grow?

On average Horse nettle grows Up to 3 ft

What color are Horse nettle ?

A Horse nettle plant bears flowers of color White, Purple White, Purple

When Horse nettle blooms?

With enough light, Horse nettle may produce White, Purple White, Purple flowers in May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct

How hard is Horse nettle to grow?

A Horse nettle is Easy to grow

How much sunlight does a Horse nettle need?

A Horse nettle prefers Full Sun

How much water does a Horse nettle need?

A Horse nettle prefers watering Medium

What kind of soil does a Horse nettle need?

A Horse nettle prefers Well-drained soil

What temperature does a Horse nettle like?

A Horse nettle prefers 68 degrees to 86 degrees F (20 degrees to 30 degrees C)

How often should I fertilize my Horse nettle ?

To encourage Horse nettle growth, Apply any organic fertilizer



Reviews

Friday, 13 December 2019

Very nice plant. Got delivered with very good condition. Gonna order one more

Anju Negi

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