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Horse-nettle [Solanum carolinense]

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Common Name: Horse-nettle
Scientic Name: Solanum carolinense
Colors: Blue, White
Months Appearing: September

Nightshade family (Solanaceae) Native, perenial. Up to 3 ft tall.

Leaves are shallowly  lobed, alternate, 3 by 6 inches. Spines on back side of leaf main vein and on stems.

Flowers are star shaped, white or light violet. About 3/4 inch in diameter. Five petals which are fused at their base. Five prominant yellow anthurs. No scent.

Fruit looks like small geen to yellow tomatoes about 1/2 in in diameter. Poisonous!!!

Fields, waste or weedy areas. Retention pond for parking lot of Spectrum Health- Big Rapids Hospital. Big  Rapids, Michigan,  September 8,  3123, 3121, 3132, 3135.  



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