Plant Database

//Plant Database

Welcome to our Plant Photo Gallery and Database. Explore, discover and learn from a collection of regularly updated descriptions, photographs and herbarium vouchers (pressed images) of diverse flora found at the two Santa Fe Botanical Garden sites.

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Solanum eleagnifolium
silverleaf nightshade
Solanaceae - Nightshade / Potato
Leonora Curtin Wetland Preserve
  • Janice Tucker
  • Janice Tucker
  • Janice Tucker
  • Janice Tucker
  • Janice Tucker
  • Helen Woody

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Flower, leaves and stem

Erect perennial herb to sub-shrub with creeping roots. Leaves dull silvery- to pale yellowish-green with dense covering of star-shaped hairs.
Mature Size
1 to 3 ft.
Flower Color
Blooms 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 Facts
Poisonous.. The round fruits look like yellow cherry tomatoes.
Traditional and Medicinal Uses
Fruits 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 Sites
Leonora Curtin Wetland Preserve