Silverleaf Nightshade

LATIN NAME
Solanum elaeagnifolium

LONGEVITY
Perennial

SEASON
Warm

ORIGIN
Native

DETAILS
• 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.
• 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 valuables 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.
• 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.

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