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
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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Bloom InformationBloom Time: Jun , Jul , Aug , Sep , Oct , Nov
DistributionUSA: 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.
National Wetland Indicator Status
Additional resourcesUSDA: Find Solanum americanum in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Solanum americanum in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Solanum americanum
MetadataRecord Modified: 2007-01-01
Research By: TWC Staff