New Mexico Wildflowers: Potato (or Nightshade) Family

(Solanaceae)

 

Flowers are organized alphabetically by genus and species. Hover over a photo series to control the images.


 

Sacred Datura, Thorn-Apple (Datura wrightii)

The flowers of this species of Datura is stunningly white. But as one of my photos show, the flowers can have a purplish tinge at the edges. Supposedly this is due to insufficient water. If you see an all-purple Datura, that's a different species.

 

Torrey Wolfberry (Lycium torreyi)

 

Silverleaf Nightshade (Solanum elaeagnifolium)

Silverleaf Nightshade is a common New Mexico weed, both in Albuquerque and in rural areas. It's poisonous to livestock (and humans). Once the purple and yellow flowers die away, the plants produce round seed pods that turn yellow and can last into the next year.

 

Buffalobur Nightshade (Solanum rostratum)