Herb: Cutleaf Nightshade
Latin name: Solanum triflorum
Family: Solanaceae (Nightshade Family, Potato Family)
Medicinal use of Cutleaf Nightshade:A decoction of the berries has been used in the treatment of stomach aches and for children with diarrhoea.
Description of the plant:
Habitat of the herb:Dry plains, open woods, roadsides etc.
Edible parts of Cutleaf Nightshade:Fruit - raw or cooked. Used in times of food shortage. Eaten as a fruit or vegetable, the fruit can also be dried, ground into a powder and used with cereals for making bread etc. The ripe fruit can be boiled, mashed and mixed with ground chilli and salt then used as a condiment with mush or bread.
Propagation of the herb: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 Cutleaf Nightshade:Dry plains, open woods, roadsides etc.
Known hazards of Solanum triflorum:Although no specific mention of toxicity has been seen for this species, it belongs to a genus where many if not all the members have poisonous leaves and sometimes also the unripe fruits.
Plant information taken from the Plants For A Future.