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Solanum carolinense

Common Name(s):

Phonetic Spelling
so-LAN-num kair-oh-lin-EN-say
This plant has medium severity poison characteristics.
See below
Description

Perennial herb with prickles; leaves alternate and simple, lobed or coarsely toothed; flower white to purplish, 5-parted; fruit a yellow berry.

Site: Roadsides, fields, waste places, sandy soil

Found in: Weedy in disturbed areas, roadsides, old fields, wasteplaces, pastures; forest or natural area

Poison Delivery Mode: Ingestion

Severity: TOXIC ONLY IF LARGE QUANTITIES EATEN.

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Cultivars / Varieties:
Tags:
#NC native#problem for cats#problem for dogs#problem for horses
 
Cultivars / Varieties:
Tags:
#NC native#problem for cats#problem for dogs#problem for horses
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Solanum
    Species:
    carolinense
    Family:
    Solanaceae
    Life Cycle:
    Perennial
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    East Canada to Northern Mexico and Haiti
    Distribution:
    Throughout
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Native Plant
    Poisonous
    Wildflower
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Soil Texture:
    Sand
  • Fruit:
    Fruit Color:
    Gold/Yellow
    Orange
    Fruit Type:
    Berry
    Fruit Description:
    fruit orange to yellow berry
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    Purple/Lavender
    White
    Flower Bloom Time:
    Fall
    Summer
    Flower Shape:
    Star
    Flower Petals:
    4-5 petals/rays
    Flower Description:
    Star-shaped flower with five white to violet lobes; protruding yellow stamens in center
  • Leaves:
    Leaf Type:
    Simple
    Leaf Arrangement:
    Alternate
    Hairs Present:
    No
    Leaf Description:
    Rough, irregularly lobed, widely toothed leaves
  • Stem:
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
    Stem Description:
    slender yellow prickles on stems and midrib
  • Landscape:
    Problems:
    Problem for Cats
    Problem for Dogs
    Problem for Horses
  • Poisonous to Humans:
    Poison Severity:
    Medium
    Poison Symptoms:
    Nausea, vomiting, salivation, drowsiness, abdominal pain, diarrhea, weakness, respiratory depression; may be fatal.
    Poison Toxic Principle:
    Solanine alkaloid.
    Causes Contact Dermatitis:
    No
    Poison Part:
    Fruits