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Vick, Albert F. W.
Solanum carolinense L.
Carolina horse-nettle, Carolina horsenettle
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 CharacteristicsDuration: Perennial Habit: Herb Flower:
Fruit: Size Class:
Bloom InformationBloom Time: May , Jun , Jul , Aug , Sep , Oct
, 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
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 either on display or available from the following:
Pineywoods Native Plant Center
- Nacogdoches, TX
Herbarium Specimen(s)NPSOT 0956
Collected Sep 18, 1994 in Bexar County by Harry CliffeNPSOT 0909
Collected Jun 26, 1994 in Bexar County by Harry Cliffe
Record Last Modified: 2008-04-07
Research By: TWC Staff