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Solanum americanum (American black nightshade)
Bransford, W.D. and Dolphia

Solanum americanum

Solanum americanum Mill.

American black nightshade

Solanaceae (Potato Family)

Synonym(s): Solanum americanum var. nodiflorum, Solanum americanum var. patulum, Solanum caribaeum, Solanum fistulosum, Solanum hermannii, Solanum linnaeanum, Solanum nigrum var. americanum, Solanum nigrum var. virginicum, Solanum nodiflorum, Solanum sodomeum

USDA Symbol: soam

USDA Native Status: L48 (N), HI (N?), PR (N), VI (N), CAN (I)

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.


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 , NM , NV , 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.

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Additional resources

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


Record Modified: 2007-01-01
Research By: TWC Staff

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