Solanum pyracanthum Jacq.
Porcupine tomato, devil’s thorn
|Kingdom||Plantae||Plants, but not fungi, lichens, or algae|
|Subkingdom||Tracheobionta||Vascular plants—plants with a “circulatory system” for delivering water and nutrients|
|Division||Magnoliophyta||Flowering plants, also known as angiosperms|
|Class||Magnoliopsida||Dicotyledons—plants with two initial seed leaves|
|Subclass||Asteridae||A large class that encompasses asters|
|Order||Solanales||Potatoes, eggplants, tomatoes, peppers, tobacco, petunias, sweet potatoes, morning glories, many others|
|Family||Solanaceae||Nightshade or potato family|
|Genus||Solanum||“Quieting,” for the narcotic effect of some species|
About plant names...
The porcupine tomato is a native of Madagascar. It reminds me a little of a
Identification: Plants are 1½-2′ (45-60 cm) high.
Porcupine tomatoes are not found
in the wild in North America. They look really weird. The leaves resemble those of dandelions,
except that they are blue-green, and stems and leaves are festooned with deadly-looking orange spikes. Purple
star-shaped flowers with five points and yellow centers are about ¾″ (1.9 cm) across. Even the
fruit has thorns. It is doubtful that this plant can be mistaken for any other.
Aaron Sipf Photo
Solanum pyracanthum description by Thomas H. Kent, last updated 25 May 2020.
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7/4/2009 · MacDonald-Zachos’, Milford, Pennsylvania · ≈ 2 × 1′ (59 × 39 cm)
Range: Zones 9-11:
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