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Solanaceae - Nightshade / Potato
Leonora Curtin Wetland Preserve
DescriptionErect perennial herb to sub-shrub with creeping roots. Leaves dull silvery- to pale yellowish-green with dense covering of star-shaped hairs.
Mature Size1 to 3 ft.
BloomBlooms from May to October with violet to pale lavender flowers. The flowers have 5 lobes, 5 stamens, and are 1 inch (2.5 cm) across.
Interesting FactsPoisonous.. The round fruits look like yellow cherry tomatoes.
Traditional and Medicinal UsesFruits of silverleaf nightshade contain solasodine, a steroid compound used commercially to synthesize steroid hormones. Used by Native Americans to make cheese and as a poison ivy antidote.
Santa Fe Botanical Garden SitesLeonora Curtin Wetland Preserve