Silverleaf Nightshade

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Description

Nightshade Family : Solanaceae

Latin Name : Solanum elaeagnifolium
Longevity : Perennial
Season : Warm
Origin : Native
Value :
Wildlife – poor
Livestock – poor(toxic)

Remarks :

Other common names, “White-weed” and “White horse- nettle”. Flowers March to October. Adapted to disturbed sites, most commonly found in limestone derived soils. This nightshade is a prickly plant with a violet to pale lavender flower. It is a very aggressive sprouter from deep, tough roots. Although silverleaf nightshade is known primarily for its poisonous qualities, it is in the same family as many valuable plants such as tomato, potato, eggplant and chili peppers. Native Americans used the ripe yellow fruit to make cheese and as a poison ivy antidote. The fruit is eaten by feral hogs, javelina, and whitetailed deer. The seeds are consumed by bobwhite quail. This plant has reportedly poisoned horses, sheep, goats, cattle and humans. The leaves and fruit are toxic at all stages of growth , the highest concentration is in the ripe fruits.

Source: USDA-NRCS

Additional information

Weight 1 lbs
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