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 Native Plant Database

Solanum americanum

American black nightshade

Solanaceae (Potato Family)

Solanum americanum (American black nightshade)
Bransford, W.D. and Dolphia
A smooth plant with few-flowered lateral clusters (umbels) of small, white, star-like, drooping flowers.

This native species often appears in open ground. Other similar species with small white flowers include Cut-leaved Nightshade (S. triflorum), with deeply dissected leaves, that occurs in Minnesota, Iowa, Kansas, and westward, and Hairy Nightshade (S. villosum), with very hairy stems and yellow or red berries.

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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Annual
Habit: Subshrub

Bloom Information

Bloom Time: Jun , Jul , Aug , Sep , Oct , Nov


USA: AL , AZ , CA , FL , GA , HI , LA , MS , NV , NM , OR , TX , WA
Native Distribution: New England south to northern Florida; west to eastern Texas; north to North Dakota.
Native Habitat: Cultivated and disturbed areas, open woods.

Last Update: 2007-01-01