|Scientific Name||Solanum elaeagnifolium||USDA PLANTS Symbol||SOEL|
|Common Name||Silverleaf Nightshade||ITIS Taxonomic Serial No.||30429|
|Description||Habitat: Dry soils in disturbed areas, pastures, fields, roadsides; widespread in the US Southwest.
Plant: Erect, bushy perennial up to 40 inches tall with one to several stems densely covered with tiny hairs, prickles.
Leaves: Alternate, linear-lanceolate or oblanceolate light green leaves 1-1/2 to 6 inches long, densely covered with tiny hairs; edges usually somewhat wavy; prickles along main veins of undersides.
Inflorescence: Star-shaped flower about 1-inch across; five light blue to purple, rarely white, petals, united at base; five bright yellow stamens.
Fruit: Yellow berry 1/2 to 3/4 inch in diameter.
Blooming Period: April to September.
References: "Wildflowers of the Texas Hill Country" by Marshall Enquist and "Wildflowers of Texas" by Geyata Ajilvsgi.
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Banner photo of Lupinus ssp. by Rick Capozza, Austin TX
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