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Solanaceae (Nightshade Family)

Solanum carolinense

Horse Nettle

Plant TypeForb
Life CycleAnnual
Flower Colorwhite
Number of Petals5
HabitatFields, sunny areas.
DescriptionA low growing plant with numerous thorns. The fruit resembles a small tomato, which turns yellow after a frost. All parts of this plant are toxic.
ToxicityAll parts of this plant are toxic. It is in the nightshade family.
Other NotesInsects seem to love this plant. I often see it damaged by insects.