Solanum physalifolium var. nitidibaccatum
ground-cherry nightshade

Distribution: Introduced throughout the Pacific Northwest and elsewhere

Habitat: Fields, roadsides and other disturbed sites, usually on moist soil

Flowers: May - October

Origin: Introduced from South America

Growth Duration: Annual

Conservation Status: Not of concern


Tap-rooted annual, the branching stem 1.5-6 dm. tall, covered with soft, spreading, sticky, flattened hairs, often glandular.


Leaves petiolate, the blade ovate to deltoid, 2-8 cm. long and 1-5.5 cm. wide, nearly entire or with a few blunt teeth, prominently hairy on the mid-vein beneath.


Numerous ascending, few-flowered peduncles, 0.5-2.5 cm. long, attached along the stem or opposite the leaves, the pedicels drooping, clustered; calyx 4-6 mm. long, with sticky pubescence, the 5 lobes short, the tube persistent, cupping the fruit; corolla nearly rotate, 5-lobed, white or faintly bluish, 5-10 mm. wide, the lobes reflexed; stamens 5, the anthers conspicuous, yellow; style solitary; ovary superior.


Fruit a yellowish or greenish berry, globose, 8 mm. thick.

Accepted Name:
Solanum physalifolium Rusby var. nitidibaccatum (Bitter) Edmonds

Synonyms & Misapplications:
(none provided)
Additional Resources:

PNW Herbaria: Specimen records of Solanum physalifolium var. nitidibaccatum in the Consortium of Pacific Northwest Herbaria database.

WA Flora Checklist: Solanum physalifolium var. nitidibaccatum checklist entry.

E-Flora BC: Solanum physalifolium var. nitidibaccatum atlas page.

CalPhotos: Solanum physalifolium var. nitidibaccatum photos.

USDA Plants: Solanum physalifolium var. nitidibaccatum information.

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