Solanaceae (Nightshade Family)
A coarse, deep-rooted perennial weed, growing to a height of 30 - 90 cm.
Distinguishing Features - Leaves: prickly, 8 - 12.5 cm long, rough, elliptic-oblong and coarsely lobed. Flowers: white or pale lavender, star-shaped, 2 - 3.1 cm wide; 5 petals; 5 stamens with long, yellow anthers. Fruit: yellow, tomato-like berries, 2 cm wide.
Native; Ontario south to New England and southward to Florida and Texas; in fields and gardens; in dry, sandy soil conditions.
The Horse-nettle is not related to true nettles, rather, it is related to tomatoes, potatoes, and nightshades.
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