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Date Photo Taken: July 31, 2011
Location: Dunwoody
Posted By: marybear50


We found this growing in the ivy this morning. It has spines on the stems and on the backs of the leaves. We cut open one of the berries(??) and it looked like okra. Should I be worried that this would hurt my dogs if they ate the fruit?


  1. Bobby Unregistered says:

    Horse Nettle. http://commodities.caes.uga.edu/turfgrass/georgiaturf/WeedMngt/grsweedpages/Solca.html
    Regarding toxicity see this link. http://cal.vet.upenn.edu/projects/poison/plants/pphorne.htm

    July 31st, 2011 at 10:41 pm
  2. SleepyMaggie Unregistered says:

    Yep! It’s a member of the nightshade family (related to tomatoes, etc.) but not edible. Hard to get rid of but if you can contain it, it makes nice ornamental thingies to add to your potpourri in the fall!

    August 3rd, 2011 at 11:26 pm
  3. Norma Unregistered says:

    Once this nettle gets a good start, it’s very difficult to control. PLEASE don’t let this plant set seed. Cut off those ‘berries’ immediately and destroy them. Nettles are difficult to control in shrubs and ivy. When I see one – I use a piece of cardboard to protect the surrounding plant/shrubs and spray the nettle with Roundup. If it really big (like yours appears to be), I drape an old shower curtain on my desirables – spray the nettle with Roundup. Let the curtain remain in place until the Roundup has stopped dripping from the nettle and has dissipated from the curtain – then remove. This method works good for smilax as well. As far as the safety of your dog, I can’t answer that question.

    August 4th, 2011 at 11:05 am
  4. joy Unregistered says:

    yes nightshade family. thorn apple i beleave is the name.

    August 15th, 2011 at 10:08 am

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