White-Edged Nightshade

North Africa

General description

Perennial shrub < 5 m tall. Stems are prickly. Leaves are < 25 x 18 cm, broadly ovate and prickly, with chalky-white undersides and upper surface edges. Flowers are small and white, sometimes with mauve veins. Fruits are berry-like and ripen from green to yellow.

What you need to know

To help protect our environment:

  • You must not breed, distribute, release or sell white-edged nightshade. As white-edged nightshade is a National Pest Plant Accord species, these restrictions apply within the Auckland region and across the whole of New Zealand.
  • You must not plant white edged nightshade within the Auckland region.
Auckland Council will control white-edged nightshade at all sites where it is known to occur.

If you see white-edged nightshade anywhere in the Auckland region, please report it to Auckland Council at pestfree@aucklandcouncil.govt.nz.

Pastures, poor soils, forest margins, gullies, roadsides, wastelands, sand dunes, scrub, plantations.

Seeds dispersed by water, possibly birds and mammals.

Forms dense thickets and reduces pasture and plantation productivity. Poisonous and has sharp spines.

Site Management

Recommended approaches

Do not attempt to undertake control of this species. Please report to Auckland Council.

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

Similar species

apple of sodom
Solanum linnaeanum

Apple of sodom is more common, shorter and more shrubby, spines are shorter and yellow. Its leaves lack the white margins, and it has violet rather than white flowers.

devil's fig
Solanum torvum

Devil's fig leaf margins lack the white edge and are less lobed.

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RPMP status

National Pest Plant Accord Species
Whole region (Eradication)
White-edged nightshade - Main species image