Monday, August 3, 2009


Carolina Nightshade, Horse-nettle, Devil's Tomato, Solanum carolinense. No matter the name, this is one poisonous plant. And no matter the danger, this is one beautiful little plant. This species first came up in Spring where I mistakenly thought this to be a vine. It must be the way it was intertwined in a fence row.

From A Manual of Weeds:

A near relative of the potato and one of the worst weeds native to this country; southern in its origin but rapidly making its way northward and westward through the agencies of impure clover seed and baled hay. The deep-seated rootstocks are most tenacious of life; an Indiana farmer states that they " will live ten years under a heap of sawdust and grow as soon as the dust is removed." Sheep are the only grazing animals that will touch the plant, and they merely nibble off the fruits; the seeds are widely scattered in their droppings and many a productive acre is thus practically ruined.

The fruit will ripen to a yellow color and can last on the plant throughout the winter.

Georgia, Ada Eljiva. A Manual of Weeds. New York, 1919. 365-6. Web. Google Book Search. 31 Jul 2009.


  1. I'm back after a very busy week- all good, just busy!
    The light that you have captured in your recent posts is exquisite. I have never seen the bark from a buttonwood tree- it DOES look like cinnamon!
    And the black and white photograph of the crow is simply magical; reminds me of the Hermitage- like a scene from a fairy tale!

  2. Welcome back! :-)

    Thank you so much; you do understand what I'm after. Now, if I could only drag myself out of bed very early in the morning, I could get more of that colored and angular lighting.

    Sunday I visited the solitary Buttonwood towards the north end of lake and that tree as well went through the same bark splitting/peeling.