Solanum carolinense
(Horse Nettle)

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               Seedpod                                           Leaf                                            Stem                                        Seed                                          Habit

Facts About this Plant:

    Common Names: Horse Nettle, Carolina Horse Nettle, Apple of Sodom, Bull Nettle, Devil's Tomato, Sand Briar
    Lifespan: Perennial
    Zones: 4 - 10
    Type: Forb
    Bloom Time: June - August
    Status: Native

Solanum carolinense, or Horse Nettle, is native to most of the United States. It grows in waste places, field edges and sandy prairies. It blooms in mid to late summer, with medium white or light purple flowers with five very prominent tubular yellow anthers.

The anthers mentioned on the description above are key to identifying this species; it also has many spines on its stem. Additionally, its berries are yellow-orange, instead of the normal for most of this genus, which is either red or blue/black berries. Its leaves almost resemble oak leaves with points.

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