Horsenettle

Solanum carolinense

Photo of Horsenettle
Photo by Dr. John Meade, weed scientist emeritus
Rutgers Cooperative Extension

This member of the nightshade family has spines on the leaves and stems and the berries are toxic if eaten. The young berry is green and turns yellow when mature. Unlike the other nightshades, these berries become more toxic as they mature. They are present when the leaves fall and have a high visibility all winter long.

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  1. Rutgers
  2. Executive Dean of Agriculture and Natural Resources
  3. School of Environmental and Biological Sciences