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Horse Nettle (Solanum carolinense)

Common Name Latin Name Plant Family
Horse Nettle
Solanum carolinense

The leaves have been used as an insecticide[257].

  • Medicinal Use

    This plant should be used with caution, see the notes above on toxicity.

    The berries and the root are anodyne, antispasmodic, aphrodisiac and diuretic[4, 222]. They have been used in the treatment of epilepsy[207, 222]. They have been recommended in the treatment of asthma, bronchitis and other convulsive disorders[4, 207]. The berries should be harvested when fully ripe and carefully air-dried[4].

    An infusion of the seeds has been gargled as a treatment for sore throats and drunk in the treatment of goitre[257].

    A tea made from the wilted leaves has been gargled in the treatment of sore throats and the tea has been drunk in the treatment of worms[222, 257]. A poultice made from the leaves has been applied to poison ivy rash[222].

  • Edible Use

    None known

  • Cautionary Notes

    All parts of the plant are potentially poisonous[222]. Fatalities have been reported with children[222].

Cultivation & Habitat

Seed – sow early spring in a warm 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[1].
South-eastern N. America – New England to Florida, west to Texas and South Dakota.

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