Monday, July 10, 2017

Conjure: "The Witches Flower" Horsenettle (Solanum carolinense)

From my yard.

I keep a small supply for various Conjure usages. Certain people (myself included)  are not allergic to its touch or scratches from its very sharp thorns and as all parts are Poisonous to Humans, I have Renamed it "The Witches Flower" And Like Witchcraft it is very hard to uproot and goes deep underground to survive.

>>Horsenettle (Solanum carolinense), a poisonous member of the nightshade family, is one of the most difficult weeds to eradicate since it resists most attempts at control. Tilling the soil only makes it worse because it brings seeds to the surface where they can germinate. Flame weeding doesn’t kill the weed either because the penetrating roots reach depths of 10 feet or more, where they survive after the tops are burned away.

Is a poisonous member of the nightshade family, 

Read more at Gardening Know How: Horsenettle Control – How To Get Rid Of Horsenettle Weeds

All parts of the plant, including its tomato-like fruit, are poisonous to varying degrees due to the presence of solanine glycoalkaloids which is a toxic alkaloid and one of the plant's natural defenses. While ingesting any part of the plant can cause fever, headache, scratchy throat, nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea, ingesting the fruit can cause abdominal pain, circulatory and respiratory depression, or even death.
Ref. Georgetown University Medical Center : Horse Nettle.
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