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Solanum ptycanthum Dunal
Eastern Black Nightshade, West Indian Nightshade, Common Nightshade, Black Nightshade
USDA Symbol: SOPT7
USDA Native Status: Native to U.S.
A smooth plant with few-flowered, lateral umbels of small, white, star-like, drooping flowers.
This native species, which some authorities claim includes S. americanum, often appears in open areas. Other similar nightshades with small white flowers include the western and Great Plains species Cut-leaved Nightshade (S. triflorum), with deeply dissected leaves, which occurs from the West Coast to Minnesota, Iowa, and Missouri and occasionally eastward, and Hairy Nightshade (S. villosum), with very hairy stems and yellow or red berries, which occurs sporadically from Maine south to Florida.
Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Annual Habit: Herb Fruit:
Bloom InformationBloom Time: Jun , Jul , Aug , Sep , Oct , Nov
AL , AR , AZ , CT , DC , DE , FL , IA , ID , IL , IN , KS , KY , LA , MA , MD , ME , MI , MN , MO , MS , MT , NC , ND , NE , NH , NJ , NM , NY , OH , OK , PA , RI , SC , SD , TN , TX , VA , VT , WI , WV Native Distribution:
Alberta east to Newfoundland, south to Florida, west to Texas, and north to North Dakota; also in parts of West. Native Habitat:
Cultivated and disturbed areas and open woods. USDA Native Status: L48(N), AK(I), HI(I), VI(I), CAN(N)
From the National Organizations Directory
According to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is either on display or available from the following:
Fredericksburg Nature Center
- Fredericksburg, TX
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Record Modified: 2009-04-28
Research By: TWC Staff