Apple Of Sodom

Also known as:
Dead Sea Apple, Devil's Apple

General description

Perennial shrub c. 1 m tall. Stems and leaves are covered in sharp spines < 15 mm long. Leaves are < 9 x 7 cm, deeply lobed, alternate and dark green, with downy undersides. Flowers are purple, star-shaped and borne in clusters in September-May. Fruits are round, green-white berries that ripen to yellow.

What you need to know

Although apple of Sodom is not a legally declared pest plant, it may still be invasive in some situations. Consider lower risk alternatives for your garden, such as native plants.

Coastal areas, scrub margins, pasture, disturbed habitats.

Seeds dispersed by birds and attachment of fruit to animals and machinery.

May displace native coastal vegetation. Unpalatable to livestock and selective grazing may displace valuable pasture species. Poisonous to animals and humans.

Site Management

Follow up treated areas 3 times per year. Encourage natural regeneration of native plants or replant treated areas where possible after 2-3 treatments to establish dense ground cover and minimise reinvasion.

Recommended approaches

Physical control

Method: Dig out

Plant parts requiring disposal: Seeds if practical

Disposal options: Can be left on-site to rot down but check for regrowth


Biocontrol is currently not available for this species.

Community agrichemical control recommendations

No qualifications
Cut stump and paste freshly cut base of stems with double strength glyphosate gel

Safety notes

Plant has thorns.

CAUTION: When using any herbicide or pesticide please read the label thoroughly to ensure that all instructions and safety requirements are followed.

Similar species

white-edged nightshade
Solanum marginatum

White-edged nightshade is rare, 3-5 m, tree-like, branches white-tomentose, leaves white beneath and on margins. Spines 15 mm, flowers white.

devil's fig
Solanum torvum

Devil's fig is a larger plant. It's leaves are less deeply lobed and it has white flowers.

RPMP status

Not a legally declared pest plant
Apple of sodom - Main species image