E-Flora BC: Electronic Atlas of the Flora of British Columbia

Solanum triflorum Nutt.
cut-leaved nightshade (cutleaf nightshade)
Solanaceae (Potato family)

Introduction to Vascular Plants

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Solanum species are distinctive plants in the Potato or Tomato Family, with 'tomato' type flowers that have typical recurved petals and bright yellow stamens, and alternate leaves.

Species Information

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Annual herb from a taproot; stems branched from the base, decumbent below, short-hairy to nearly smooth, 10-60 cm long.
Basal leaves spoon-shaped, lobed, short-hairy, 2-5 cm long; stem leaves oblong to egg-shaped, deeply lobed, short-stalked, short-hairy, 2-5 cm long, 1-3 cm wide.
Inflorescence of axillary, few-flowered clusters, the flowers on drooping stalks; corolla white, tubular, 5-9 mm wide when expanded, lobed, the lobes spreading to bent back, calyces becoming larger with age, lobed, the lobes unequal and up to 6 mm long at maturity.
Berries, globe-shaped, greenish, 9-14 mm wide; seeds 2.5-3 mm long.

Source: The Illustrated Flora of British Columbia

Habitat / Range

Mesic to dry waste places, roadsides and fields in the lowland and steppe zones; infrequent in S BC; introduced from S America.

Source: The Illustrated Flora of British Columbia


The climate type for this species, as reported in the: "British Columbia plant species codes and selected attributes. Version 6 Database" (Meidinger et al. 2008), is not evaluated, unknown or variable.

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