Home
Page Last Updated: November 6 2015
Nightshade / Potato Family
9 species
Bittersweet Nightshade
Order: Solanales
Family: Solanaceae (Nightshade or Potato family)
Genus: Solanum
Species: Dulcamara
Perennial - also known as Climbing Nightshade - same
family as Potato, Tomato and Tobacco - toxic - native to
Eurasia
Kingdom: Plantae
Division: Magnoliophyta (Flowering plants)
Class: Magnoliopsida
Updated September 12 2012
More Bittersweet Nightshade
More Bittersweet Nightshade
Eastern Black Nightshade
Order: Solanales
Family: Solanaceae (Nightshade or Potato family)
Genus: Solanum
Species: Ptychanthum
Annual - also known as Common or West Indian
Nightshade - species also known as S. americanum or
S. nigrum - same family as Potato, Tomato and Tobacco
- toxic - native to Canada
Kingdom: Plantae
Division: Magnoliophyta (Flowering plants)
Class: Magnoliopsida
Updated October 12 2010
More Eastern Black Nightshade
More Eastern Black Nightshade
Garden Tomato
Order: Solanales
Family: Solanaceae (Nightshade or Potato family)
Genus: Solanum
Species: Lycopersicum
Perennial (annual in colder climates) - same family as  
Potato and Tobacco - tomato from the Aztec "tomatl"
(swelling fruit) - all parts of plant except ripe fruit are toxic
- native to South America
Kingdom: Plantae
Division: Magnoliophyta (Flowering plants)
Class: Magnoliopsida
Updated October 22 2010
More Garden Tomato
More Garden Tomato
Jimson Weed
Order: Solanales
Family: Solanaceae (Nightshade or Potato family)
Genus: Datura
Species: Stramonium
Annual - same family as  Potato and Tobacco - also
known as Locoweed, Thorn Apple, Devil's Trumpet - very
toxic - native to Asia?
Kingdom: Plantae
Division: Magnoliophyta (Flowering plants)
Class: Magnoliopsida
Updated October 26 2011
More Jimson Weed
More Jimson Weed
Clammy Ground Cherry
Order: Solanales
Family: Solanaceae (Nightshade or Potato family)
Genus: Physalis
Species: Heterophylla
Perennial - similar to Smooth Ground Cherry (P.
subglabrata - see below) which doesn't have a hairy stem -
fruit is enclosed by a green inflated
calyx to 4 cm - native to
North America
Kingdom: Plantae
Division: Magnoliophyta (Flowering plants)
Class: Magnoliopsida
Updated August 29 2012
More Clammy Ground Cherry
More Clammy Ground Cherry
Smooth Ground Cherry
Order: Solanales
Family: Solanaceae (Nightshade or Potato family)
Genus: Physalis
Species: Subglabrata
Perennial - similar to (and possibly sub-species of) Virginia
Ground Cherry (P. virginiana) which has downy stems and
narrower leaves - fruit is enclosed by an inflated
calyx
approx. 2.5 cm - the red berries in the adjacent picture
belong to a rose species - native to North America
Kingdom: Plantae
Division: Magnoliophyta (Flowering plants)
Class: Magnoliopsida
Updated November 1 2012
More Smooth Ground Cherry
More Smooth Ground Cherry
Chinese Lantern
Order: Solanales
Family: Solanaceae (Nightshade or Potato family)
Genus: Physalis
Species: Alkekengi
Perennial - also known as Bladder or Winter Cherry,
Japanese Lantern - escaped ornamental - fruit is enclosed
by an inflated
calyx which becomes orange - native to Asia
Kingdom: Plantae
Division: Magnoliophyta (Flowering plants)
Class: Magnoliopsida
Updated November 6 2015
More Chinese Lantern
More Chinese Lantern
Horsenettle
Order: Solanales
Family: Solanaceae (Nightshade or Potato family)
Genus: Solanum
Species: Carolinense
Perennial - also spelled Horse-nettle, Horse Nettle - all
parts of plant are toxic - native to North America
Kingdom: Plantae
Division: Magnoliophyta (Flowering plants)
Class: Magnoliopsida
Updated December 4 2013
More Horsenettle
More Horsenettle
Eastern Black Nightshade - flower approx. 1 cm - fruit approx. 1 cm - leaves 5 to 10 cm - height to 75 cm - Lower Don Valley (Crother's Woods) - August 2010
Garden Tomato - flower approx. 2.5 cm - fruit to 10 cm - leaves to 25 cm - height to 3 m - Lower Don Valley (Crother's Woods) - October 2010
Jimson Weed - flower to 10 cm - fruit approx. 5 cm - leaves to 20 cm - height to 1.5 m - Leaside Industrial Area - October 2011
Clammy Ground Cherry - flower to 2 cm - fruit approx. 1cm - leaves to 8 cm - height to 90 cm - West Don Valley (Sunnybrook Park) - August 2012
Smooth Ground Cherry - flower to 2 cm - fruit approx. 1 cm - leaves to 15 cm - height to 1 m - Humber Bay Park - September 2012
Chinese Lantern - flower approx. 1 cm - fruit approx. 1 cm - leaves to 12 cm - height to 60 cm - Etobicoke Valley Park - August 2012
Horsenettle - flower approx. 2 cm - fruit approx. 1 cm - leaves to 12 cm - height to 1 m - High Park - July 2013
Bittersweet Nightshade - flower approx. 1 cm - fruit approx. 1 cm - leaves 4 to 10 cm - vine to 3 m - Leaside Industrial Area - September 2012
Jasmine? Tobacco
Order: Solanales
Family: Solanaceae (Nightshade or Potato family)
Genus: Nicotiana
Species: Alata?
Perennial - also known as Winged Tobacco, Tanbaku -
mainly grown as a cultivated plant with many
cultivars - all
parts of the plant are poisonous - native to South America
Kingdom: Plantae
Division: Magnoliophyta (Flowering plants)
Class: Magnoliopsida
Updated March 27 2015
More Jasmine Tobacco
More Jasmine Tobacco
Jasmine? Tobacco - flower approx. 5 cm - leaves to 30 cm - height to 1 m - Lower Don Valley (Crother's Woods) - August 2009