Porcupine Tomato, Devil’s Thorn
The porcupine tomato is a native of Madagascar. It reminds me a little of a killer dandelion.
Identification: Plants are 18-24" (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.
Solanum pyracanthum on Rob’s Plants
Solanum pyracanthum on Wikimedia Commons
Solanum pyracanthum on luirig.altervista.org
Solanum pyracanthum on BayImages.net
Solanum pyracanthum on Aaron Sipf Photo
Solanum pyracanthum description by Thomas H. Kent, last updated 12 Oct 2018.
Range: Zones 9-11: