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Monday, August 22, 2016

Horse Nettle

If I showed you this plant and asked you what it is, you might not know the exact answer, but you might say that the flowers look a lot like a tomato, or a potato, or maybe deadly nightshade.

horse nettle

You would be right on! They are all members of the Solanaceae family of plants. The flowers of this one can be white or purple. Very distinctive shape.

horse nettle

But the giveaway to identify this one is the soft spines on the stem. Solanum carolinense, horse nettle.

horse nettle

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