is this plant deadly nightshade?

Asked June 25, 2018, 4:37 PM EDT

These 2 cute little plants sprang up in my garden (see photo) and are now getting white flowers. They're about 6-8 inches tall. I planted some wildflower seeds a couple months ago, but none came up, so I was hoping they were wildflowers. However, they look suspiciously like the nightshade I had in my garden at our former house. The leaves don't look the same as images on the internet, so I'm not sure. Advice? P.S. I'm only about a mile from your Paradise location, in case you want to see them in person or take a sample for teaching purposes, etc.

Clark County Nevada plant identification

1 Response

This is one of the nightshades, Solanum. The flower isn't clear in the photo, but they are distinctive in this family, which includes tomatoes and potatoes. I think of them as looking "beak-like". Wear gloves when removing these plants to avoid skin contact.
Possibly the local Extension Service Master Gardener Volunteers are available to identify exactly which nightshade this is.