Herb: American Nightshade
Latin name: Solanum americanum
Synonyms: Solanum caribaeum, Solanum nodiflorum
Family: Solanaceae (Nightshade Family, Potato Family)
Edible parts of American Nightshade:Young leaves - cooked. The leaves contain about 6990mg of beta carotene per 100g. Caution is advised, see the notes above on toxicity. Fruit - cooked. It should be used only when fully ripe. Caution is advised, see the notes above on toxicity.
Description of the plant:
(3 1/4 foot)
Habitat of the herb:Rocky or dry open woods, thickets, shores or openings, often on cultivated or waste ground.
Propagation of American Nightshade:Seed - sow spring in a greenhouse. When they are large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and plant them out after the last expected frosts.
Cultivation of the herb:Rocky or dry open woods, thickets, shores or openings, often on cultivated or waste ground.
Medicinal use of American Nightshade:None known
Known hazards of Solanum americanum:Although no specific mention of the leaves being toxic has been seen for this species, it belongs to a genus where many if not all the members have poisonous leaves. The immature fruit is poisonous.
Plant information taken from the Plants For A Future.