General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Herb/Forb
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun to Partial Shade
Soil pH Preferences: Slightly acid (6.1 – 6.5)
Neutral (6.6 – 7.3)
Slightly alkaline (7.4 – 7.8)
Plant Height: 1-3 feet
Leaves: Deciduous
Fruit: Showy
Other: 0.75 to 1.5 inch spherical green berry matures to yellow.
Fruiting Time: Fall
Flowers: Showy
Flower Color: Purple
Bloom Size: 1"-2"
Flower Time: Spring
Late spring or early summer
Late summer or early fall
Underground structures: Rhizome
Suitable Locations: Xeriscapic
Uses: Will Naturalize
Wildlife Attractant: Bees
Resistances: Deer Resistant
Toxicity: Leaves are poisonous
Roots are poisonous
Fruit is poisonous
Miscellaneous: With thorns/spines/prickles/teeth

Common names
  • Western Horse-Nettle
  • Western horsenettle
  • Torrey's Nightshade

Photo Gallery
Location: Pappy Elkins Park.
Date: Summer 2000
Close up of the lovely flowers.
Location: Pappy Elkins Park.
Date: Summer 2000
Growing in the prairie.

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