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Carolina Horse Nettle, Bull Nettle, Devil's Tomato - Solanum carolinense


Family: Solanaceae - Potato family Genus Common Name: Nightshade Native Status: Native
Solanum carolinense - Carolina Horse Nettle, Bull Nettle, Devil's Tomato. Not a true nettle, this is a member of the nightshade genus which includes the garden tomato. The Solanaceae family includes the Irish potato. In spite of the edible cousins, do not eat any part of this plant; as with most nightshades it is highly poisonous.

In spite of being a native plant, the deep-rooted and persistent Solanum carolinense is listed as a noxious weed in 7 of the 44 states where it is found.

Found in:
AL, AR, AZ, CA, CO, CT, DC, DE, FL, GA, IA, ID, IL, IN, KS, KY, LA, MA, MD, ME, MI, MN, MO, MS, NC, NE, NH, NJ, NM, NY, OH, OK, OR, PA, RI, SC, SD, TN, TX, UT, VA, VT, WA, WI, WV

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Distribution of Solanum carolinense in the United States and Canada:
USDA Plants Distribution Map temporarily unavailable.
Blue=Native; Grey=Introduced

Map from USDA Plants Database:
USDA, NRCS. 2009. The PLANTS Database (http://plants.usda.gov, 29 Mar 2017). National Plant Data Center, Baton Rouge, LA 70874-4490 USA.

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Site: Walker County, GA Date: 2009-June-07Photographer: Gerald C Williamson
The blossom of Carolina Horse Nettle is white to pale violet with long yellow anthers.
Solanum carolinense

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