Cutleaf Nightshade (Solanum triflorum)

Common Name Latin Name Plant Family
Cutleaf Nightshade
Solanum triflorum

None known

  • Medicinal Use

    A decoction of the berries has been used in the treatment of stomach aches and for children with diarrhoea[257].

  • Edible Use

    Fruit – raw or cooked[46, 105, 161]. Used in times of food shortage[257]. Eaten as a fruit or vegetable, the fruit can also be dried, ground into a powder and used with cereals for making bread etc[61]. The ripe fruit can be boiled, mashed and mixed with ground chilli and salt then used as a condiment with mush or bread[257].

  • Cautionary Notes

    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.

Cultivation & Habitat

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.
Succeeds in most soils in a sunny position[1]. 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[257]. An infusion of the plant has been sprayed on the watermelons in order to make them more prolific and ripen earlier[257].
N. America – Ontario to Manitoba, Kansas and New Mexico. Naturalized in Britain in Norfolk[17].

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