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Solanum carolinense (Carolina horse-nettle)
Vick, Albert F. W.

Solanum carolinense

Solanum carolinense L.

Carolina horse-nettle, Carolina horsenettle

Solanaceae (Potato Family)

Synonym(s):

USDA Symbol: SOCA3

USDA Native Status: L48 (N), CAN (I)

Star-like, white or pale lavender flowers with yellow centers are in lateral clusters on a prickly, erect stem.

A coarse, native, deep-rooted perennial, it is considered a weed by some, yet the flowers are attractive. Deep hoeing is needed eradicate the underground stems, and gloves must be worn while handling the plant. This plant is not related to the true nettles. Silverleaf Nettle (S. elaeagnifolium), a very similar plant with silvery foliage, occurs in the western United States east to Missouri and is adventive further east. Buffalo Bur (S. rostratum), an annual with bright yellow flowers, is naturalized from the western United States as a weed in fields.

 

Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb
Flower:
Fruit:
Size Class: 1-3 ft.

Bloom Information

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

Distribution

USA: 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 , NY , OH , OK , OR , PA , RI , SC , SD , TN , TX , UT , VA , VT , WA , WI , WV
Native Distribution: Southern Ontario to New England and New York; south to Florida; west to Texas; north to Nebraska.
Native Habitat: Fields, waste places, gardens.

National Wetland Indicator Status

Region:AGCPAKAWCBEMPGPHIMWNCNEWMVE
Status: FACU FACU FACU UPL FACU FACU UPL
This information is derived from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers National Wetland Plant List, Version 3.1 (Lichvar, R.W. 2013. The National Wetland Plant List: 2013 wetland ratings. Phytoneuron 2013-49: 1-241). Click here for map of regions.

From the National Organizations Directory

According to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is on display at the following locations:

Pineywoods Native Plant Center - Nacogdoches, TX

Herbarium Specimen(s)

NPSOT 0956 Collected Sep 18, 1994 in Bexar County by Harry Cliffe
NPSOT 0909 Collected Jun 26, 1994 in Bexar County by Harry Cliffe

2 specimen(s) available in the Digital Herbarium

Bibliography

Bibref 328 - Wildflowers of Texas (2003) Ajilvsgi, Geyata.

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Additional resources

USDA: Find Solanum carolinense in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Solanum carolinense in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Solanum carolinense

Metadata

Record Modified: 2008-04-07
Research By: TWC Staff

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