Western Horse-Nettle (Solanum dimidiatum)
Description: The leaves, petioles and branched stems of western horse nettle have sharp spines. Oval, five- to seven-lobed leaves are up to 6 inches long. Flowers are purple to violet (sometimes white) and grow at the tip in terminal clusters. Flowers give rise to ball-shaped fruits that are 0.75 to 1.5 inches in diameter and yellow at maturity. Fruits, even though they look like tomatoes, are deadly poisonous and are probably responsible for "Crazy Cow Syndrome".
Synonym(s): Solanum perplexum, Solanum torreyi, Western horsenettle, Western Horse-Nettle
USDA Symbol: SODI
Size Class: 1-3 ft.
Bloom Color: White, Purple
Bloom Time: May, Jun, Jul, Aug
Water Use: Low
Light Requirements: Part Shade
Soil Moisture: Dry
Bloom Notes: Photos from St. Edwards Park in Austin.
Missing Images: Plant, Close-Up, Fruit-Seed
Data Completeness: Complete