Native & Naturalized Plants of the Carolinas & Georgia

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Most habitat and range descriptions were obtained from Weakley's Flora.

Your search found 24 taxa in the family Solanaceae, Nightshade family, as understood by Weakley's Flora.

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camera icon Common Name: Christmas-berry, Carolina Matrimony-vine
Weakley's Flora: (5/21/15) Lycium carolinianum   FAMILY: Solanaceae
INCLUDING PLANTS National Database: Lycium carolinianum var. carolinianum   FAMILY: Solanaceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH Vascular Flora of the Carolinas (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968): Lycium carolinianum 165-01-001   FAMILY: Solanaceae

 

Look for it on shell middens, shell mounds, shelly sand dunes, brackish marshes, maritime sand spits

Rare

Native to Georgia & South Carolina (but not seen recently in SC)

 


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camera icon Common Name: Apple-of-Peru, Shoo-fly-plant
Weakley's Flora: (2/8/20) Nicandra physalodes   FAMILY: Solanaceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS National Database: Nicandra physalodes   FAMILY: Solanaceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH Vascular Flora of the Carolinas (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968): Nicandra physalodes 165-02-001   FAMILY: Solanaceae

 

Look for it in disturbed places, such as cultivated fields and roadsides

Uncommon (rare in Coastal Plain)

Non-native: Peru

 


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camera icon speaker icon Common Name: Dune Ground-cherry, Sand Ground-cherry, Walter's Ground-cherry
Weakley's Flora: (5/21/15) Physalis walteri   FAMILY: Solanaceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS National Database: Physalis walteri   FAMILY: Solanaceae
INCLUDED WITHIN Vascular Flora of the Carolinas (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968): Physalis viscosa ssp. maritima 165-03-001   FAMILY: Solanaceae

 

Look for it on dunes of sea-beaches, openings in maritime forests, sandhills (southward), and rarely inland as a waif in disturbed areas

Uncommon

Native to the Carolinas & Georgia

 


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camera icon speaker icon Common Name: Clammy Ground-cherry
Weakley's Flora: (5/21/15) Physalis heterophylla   FAMILY: Solanaceae
INCLUDING PLANTS National Database: Physalis heterophylla var. heterophylla   FAMILY: Solanaceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH Vascular Flora of the Carolinas (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968): Physalis heterophylla 165-03-002   FAMILY: Solanaceae

 

Look for it in disturbed areas, dry rocky woodlands, hammocks

Common (uncommon in Mountains, rare in Coastal Plain of GA-NC-SC)

Native to the Carolinas & Georgia

 


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camera icon speaker icon Common Name: Virginia Ground-cherry
Weakley's Flora: (2/8/20) Physalis virginiana   FAMILY: Solanaceae
INCLUDING PLANTS National Database: Physalis virginiana var. virginiana   FAMILY: Solanaceae
INCLUDING Vascular Flora of the Carolinas (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968): Physalis virginiana var. virginiana 165-03-003a   FAMILY: Solanaceae

 

Look for it in woodlands, glades, barrens, and disturbed areas

Common (uncommon in GA Coastal Plain)

Native to the Carolinas & Georgia

 


drawing of Physalis longifolia var. subglabrata, Longleaf Ground-cherry need picture of leaf or frond of Physalis longifolia var. subglabrata, Longleaf Ground-cherry need picture of flower of Physalis longifolia var. subglabrata, Longleaf Ground-cherry need picture of sepals or involucral bracts of Physalis longifolia var. subglabrata, Longleaf Ground-cherry need picture of fruit of Physalis longifolia var. subglabrata, Longleaf Ground-cherry
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Common Name: Longleaf Ground-cherry
Weakley's Flora: (2/8/20) Physalis longifolia var. subglabrata   FAMILY: Solanaceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS National Database: Physalis longifolia var. subglabrata   FAMILY: Solanaceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH Vascular Flora of the Carolinas (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968): Physalis virginiana var. subglabrata 165-03-003b   FAMILY: Solanaceae

 

Look for it in open woodlands, gardens and disturbed areas

Common in NC Mountains, rare elsewhere in GA-NC-SC

Native to the Carolinas & Georgia

 


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camera icon speaker icon Common Name: Smooth Ground-cherry, Cutleaf Ground-cherry
Weakley's Flora: (2/8/20) Physalis angulata   FAMILY: Solanaceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS National Database: Physalis angulata   FAMILY: Solanaceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH Vascular Flora of the Carolinas (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968): Physalis angulata 165-03-004   FAMILY: Solanaceae

 

Look for it in sandhills, disturbed areas, open woodlands, agricultural fields

Common (uncommon in GA Mtns & NC Piedmont, rare in SC Mtns)

Native to the Carolinas & Georgia

 


drawing of Physalis pubescens, Downy Ground-cherry, Husk-tomato need picture of leaf or frond of Physalis pubescens, Downy Ground-cherry, Husk-tomato need picture of flower of Physalis pubescens, Downy Ground-cherry, Husk-tomato need picture of sepals or involucral bracts of Physalis pubescens, Downy Ground-cherry, Husk-tomato need picture of fruit of Physalis pubescens, Downy Ground-cherry, Husk-tomato
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Common Name: Downy Ground-cherry, Husk-tomato
Weakley's Flora: (2/8/20) Physalis pubescens   FAMILY: Solanaceae
INCLUDING PLANTS National Database: Physalis pubescens var. pubescens   FAMILY: Solanaceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH Vascular Flora of the Carolinas (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968): Physalis pubescens var. pubescens 165-03-005a   FAMILY: Solanaceae

 

Look for it in disturbed areas

Uncommon

Native to the Carolinas & Georgia

 


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Common Name: Gray Ground-cherry, Strawberry-tomato, Dwarf Cape-gooseberry
Weakley's Flora: (5/21/15) Physalis grisea   FAMILY: Solanaceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS National Database: Physalis grisea   FAMILY: Solanaceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH Vascular Flora of the Carolinas (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968): Physalis pubescens var. grisea 165-03-005b   FAMILY: Solanaceae

 

Look for it on wooded slopes, in disturbed areas

Rare

Native to the Carolinas & Georgia

 


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camera icon speaker icon Common Name: Bittersweet Nightshade, Deadly Nightshade
Weakley's Flora: (11/30/12) Solanum dulcamara   FAMILY: Solanaceae
INCLUDING PLANTS National Database: Solanum dulcamara var. dulcamara   FAMILY: Solanaceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH Vascular Flora of the Carolinas (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968): Solanum dulcamara 165-05-001   FAMILY: Solanaceae

 

Look for it in disturbed areas

Rare in NC

Non-native: Europe

 


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camera icon Common Name: Buffalo-bur Nightshade, Kansas-thistle
Weakley's Flora: (11/30/12) Solanum rostratum   FAMILY: Solanaceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS National Database: Solanum rostratum   FAMILY: Solanaceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH Vascular Flora of the Carolinas (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968): Solanum rostratum 165-05-002   FAMILY: Solanaceae

 

Look for it in disturbed areas

Uncommon

Native: western North America

 


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camera icon speaker icon Common Name: Carolina Horsenettle, Ball-nettle
Weakley's Flora: (2/8/20) Solanum carolinense var. carolinense   FAMILY: Solanaceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS National Database: Solanum carolinense var. carolinense   FAMILY: Solanaceae
INCLUDED WITHIN Vascular Flora of the Carolinas (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968): Solanum carolinense 165-05-005   FAMILY: Solanaceae

 

Look for it in fields, gardens, disturbed areas

Common

Native to the Carolinas & Georgia (naturalized well beyond this area)

 


drawing of Solanum sisymbriifolium, Sticky Nightshade need picture of leaf or frond of Solanum sisymbriifolium, Sticky Nightshade need picture of flower of Solanum sisymbriifolium, Sticky Nightshade need picture of sepals or involucral bracts of Solanum sisymbriifolium, Sticky Nightshade need picture of fruit of Solanum sisymbriifolium, Sticky Nightshade
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Common Name: Sticky Nightshade
Weakley's Flora: (11/30/12) Solanum sisymbriifolium   FAMILY: Solanaceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS National Database: Solanum sisymbriifolium   FAMILY: Solanaceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH Vascular Flora of the Carolinas (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968): Solanum sisymbriifolium 165-05-006   FAMILY: Solanaceae

 

Look for it in disturbed areas

Uncommon

Non-native: South America

 


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speaker icon Common Name: American Black Nightshade
Weakley's Flora: (2/8/20) Solanum americanum   FAMILY: Solanaceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS National Database: Solanum americanum   FAMILY: Solanaceae
INCLUDED WITHIN Vascular Flora of the Carolinas (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968): Solanum americanum 165-05-009   FAMILY: Solanaceae

 

Look for it in hammocks, disturbed areas

Uncommon in GA, rare in NC-SC

Native to Georgia & South Carolina (introduced in NC)

 


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camera icon speaker icon Common Name: Eastern Black Nightshade
Weakley's Flora: (2/8/20) Solanum emulans   FAMILY: Solanaceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS National Database: Solanum ptycanthum   FAMILY: Solanaceae
INCLUDED WITHIN (MISAPPLIED) Vascular Flora of the Carolinas (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968): Solanum americanum 165-05-009?   FAMILY: Solanaceae

 

Look for it on roadsides, gardens, river banks, shores, disturbed areas

Common

Native to the Carolinas & Georgia

 


drawing of Solanum nigrum, European Black Nightshade need picture of leaf or frond of Solanum nigrum, European Black Nightshade need picture of flower of Solanum nigrum, European Black Nightshade need picture of sepals or involucral bracts of Solanum nigrum, European Black Nightshade need picture of fruit of Solanum nigrum, European Black Nightshade
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Common Name: European Black Nightshade
Weakley's Flora: (2/8/20) Solanum nigrum   FAMILY: Solanaceae
(?) PLANTS National Database: Solanum nigrum   FAMILY: Solanaceae
INCLUDED WITHIN Vascular Flora of the Carolinas (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968): Solanum nigrum 165-05-010   FAMILY: Solanaceae

 

Look for it in disturbed areas

Waif(s)

Non-native: Eurasia

 


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camera icon Common Name: Hairy Nightshade
Weakley's Flora: (11/30/12) Solanum sarrachoides   FAMILY: Solanaceae
INCLUDED WITHIN PLANTS National Database: Solanum physalifolium   FAMILY: Solanaceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH Vascular Flora of the Carolinas (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968): Solanum sarrachoides 165-05-012   FAMILY: Solanaceae

 

Look for it in disturbed areas

Uncommon

Non-native: South America

 


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Common Name: Paired-leaf Nightshade, Twoleaf Nightshade
Weakley's Flora: (5/21/15) Solanum diphyllum   FAMILY: Solanaceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS National Database: Solanum diphyllum   FAMILY: Solanaceae

 

Look for it in suburban woodlands, disturbed areas

Non-native: Mexico & Central America

 


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camera icon Common Name: Jerusalem-cherry
Weakley's Flora: (11/30/12) Solanum pseudocapsicum   FAMILY: Solanaceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS National Database: Solanum pseudocapsicum   FAMILY: Solanaceae

 

Rarely cultivated, perhaps not established

Non-native: Mediterranean Europe

 


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camera icon Common Name: Wetland Nightshade, Aquatic Soda Apple
Weakley's Flora: (5/21/15) -   FAMILY: Solanaceae
PLANTS National Database: Solanum tampicense   FAMILY: Solanaceae

 

Non-native: West Indies, Central America

 


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Common Name: Turkeyberry
Weakley's Flora: (5/21/15) Solanum torvum   FAMILY: Solanaceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS National Database: Solanum torvum   FAMILY: Solanaceae

 

Non-native: West Indies

 


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camera icon speaker icon Common Name: Tropical Soda-apple
Weakley's Flora: (11/30/12) Solanum viarum   FAMILY: Solanaceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS National Database: Solanum viarum   FAMILY: Solanaceae

 

Look for it in pastures

Uncommon (rare in NC)

Non-native: South America

 


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camera icon speaker icon Common Name: Jimsonweed
Weakley's Flora: (11/30/12) Datura stramonium   FAMILY: Solanaceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS National Database: Datura stramonium   FAMILY: Solanaceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH Vascular Flora of the Carolinas (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968): Datura stramonium 165-08-001   FAMILY: Solanaceae

 

Look for it in fields, pastures, disturbed areas, esp common in severely over-grazed pastures

Common

Non-native? presumably introduced from Mexico or Central America

 


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camera icon Common Name: Garden Petunia
Weakley's Flora: (5/21/15) Petunia ×atkinsiana   FAMILY: Solanaceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS National Database: Petunia ×atkinsiana [P. axillaris × integrifolia]   FAMILY: Solanaceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH Vascular Flora of the Carolinas (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968): Petunia ×atkinsiana 165-10-001   FAMILY: Solanaceae

 

Look for it in disturbed areas, garden edges (it is common in cultivation, rare as a waif or persistent)

Uncommon in Coastal Plain, rare in Piedmont

Non-native: Argentina

 


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