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Horse nettle - Plant

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Horsenettle species are herbaceous perennial plants, branching occurs occasionally.
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Description for 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

Common nameFlower coloursBloom timeHeightDifficulty
Horse nettle, Apple of Sodom, Carolina horsenettle, Nightshade, Silverleaf Nightshade, Prairie Berry, Silverleaf Nettle, White Horsenettle White, Purple White, PurpleMay, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct Up to 3 ftEasy to grow

Planting and care

Full SunWell-drained soilMedium68 degrees to 86 degrees F (20 degrees to 30 degrees C)Apply any organic fertilizer

Caring for Horse nettle

    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.

Typical uses of Horse nettle

Special features: 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.

Ornamental use: The plant is used for an ornamental purpose.


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