Other common names include “Buffalobur nightshade” and “Prickly nightshade”. The name “Buffalobur” comes from this plant being abundant around buffalo wallows. This undesirable weed is a member of the nightshade family and will grow almost anywhere.
Quite drought-resistant and extremely aggressive.
Flowers May to September.
When mature, the main stem breaks near the ground and the plant rolls around like a tumbleweed, widely scattering approximately 8,500 seeds that each plant produces in a prickly-bur seed capsule.
The seed is utilized by quail as a food source.
Can poison horses, sheep and cattle. The toxic agent is glycoalkaloid solanine.