Other common names
Cut-leaf nightshade, small nightshade
Cutleaf nightshade is a hairy plant that grows in a low, mounding form close to the ground or up to about 1½ feet tall. The foliage has an unpleasant odor. It is toxic to humans and animals. Toxicity varies widely, with seedlings, growing tips of plants and green berries being most toxic. Drying does not destroy the toxic alkaloids. Do NOT eat the berries.
One-half inch to 2 inches long, slightly hairy with deep lobes. The lobes can be toothed.
Hairy and branched from the base. Flowers are attached to the stems between the leaves.
Small, star-shaped flowers are white with five petals and a yellowish center. Flowers occur in clusters of two or three and have a sweet scent. The tomato-like berries are small, green and somewhat striped or marbled in color.
Grows a taproot.
North America and South America
Where it grows
Cultivated fields and disturbed sites; tolerates dry soil
Annual (sprouts, flowers and dies in a single year)
Reproduces by seed
As with all annual plants, successful control relies on preventing seed production.