Plants in my compost piles

Asked September 13, 2020, 11:00 AM EDT

Three accompanying photos show aspects of of a plant which has invaded my compost piles. Is this Jimson Weed (Datura stramonium) or some close relative? I tried to get views which best showed the configuration of the leaves and the blossom. Jimson has a lot of undesirable properties, despite its sometime use in traditional medicine, so I want to purge this from my compost. I'll be grateful for any information you can forward. Many thanks and stay safe!

Montgomery County Maryland

1 Response

This is horsenettle (Solanum carolinense), a native weed. The prickles on the stems are the giveaway.

It is a perennial that spreads by rhizomes, so pull or dig it out carefully to remove all roots. Also, do not let it produce seed-bearing fruits.

Here's a bit more: https://extension.umd.edu/hgic/topics/horsenettle

Ellen