Silverleaf nightshade (Solanum elaeagnifolium)

Silverleaf nightshade Description: This plant is poisonous to both humans and cattle.

Habit: Deep-rooted, erect, native perennial that reaches a height of about 3 ft.

Leaves: Alternate along stems, petioles up to 5 cm. long; blades oblong to lanceolate, 3-10 cm. long and 4-25 mm. wide, prominent veins.

Stems: Erect, branched above, covered in straight, fine, reddish prickles 2-5 mm. long.

Flowers: Showy, purple in color, in few-flowered clusters at branch tips, borne on prickly pedicels 2 cm. long; calyx 5-lobed, 1 cm. long; corolla flat and roundish, shallowly 5-lobed, 2-3 cm., violet or blue; stamens bright yellow.

Fruit and seeds: Berries globose, 9-14 mm. in diameter, yellow to brownish in color; each berry contains brown, lend-shaped seeds.

Habitat: Native to southern United States and northern Mexico. Can be found in disturbed sites, crop lands, roadsides, streambanks and marshes.

Reproduction: By seed and vegetatively via root fragments.

Similar species: Carolina horsenettle (Solanum carolinense).

Credits: The information provided in this factsheet was gathered from the SEINet: Arizona - New Mexico Chapter, United States Department of Agriculture NRCS Plant Guide and CABI: Invasive Species Compendium.

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Common Name:

Silverleaf nightshade

Scientific Name:

Solanum elaeagnifolium







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