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Common Name: Cutleaf Nightshade
Solanum triflorum is an annual plant that can grow up to 0.75 metres tall.
It is harvested from the wild for local use as a food and medicine
Although no specific mention of toxicity has been seen for this species, it belongs to a genus where many if not all the members have poisonous leaves and sometimes also the unripe fruits.
N. America - Ontario to Manitoba, Kansas and New Mexico. Naturalized in Britain in Norfolk[
Dry plains, open woods, roadsides etc[
Succeeds in most soils in a sunny position[
This species is said to be a good companion for watermelons, it has been planted with them in order to make the watermelons more prolific and ripen earlier[
]. An infusion of the plant has been sprayed on the watermelons in order to make them more prolific and ripen earlier[
Fruit - raw or cooked[
]. Used in times of food shortage[
]. Eaten as a fruit or vegetable, the fruit can also be dried, ground into a powder and used with cereals for making bread etc[
]. The ripe fruit can be boiled, mashed and mixed with ground chilli and salt then used as a condiment with mush or bread[
A decoction of the berries has been used in the treatment of stomach aches and for children with diarrhoea[
Seed - sow spring in a greenhouse. When they are large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and plant them out after the last expected frosts.