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Solanum americanum

American black nightshade (Solanum americanum) is a common landscape weed. This species has a widespread distribution and has even become naturalized in many Pacific Island nations. While the weed is considered toxic in many parts of the world, their berries are consumed as food or medicine in some cultures. A member of the genus Solanaceae, this weed is in the same family with common garden plants such as pepper, potato and eggplant.

  • Scientific Name: Solanum americanum
  • Common Name: American black nightshade
  • Seasonality: Year-round
  • Soil Type: Wet to dry
  • Toxicity: Toxic
  • Growth Habit: Herbaceous perennial

Photos of Solanum Americanum