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Plant Identification: Can someone please identify this central texas weed?

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Granite Shoals, TX

June 12, 2013
5:17 PM

Post #9556779

I have a lot of these. They have little thorns near the base of the stem, so they are tricky to pull up without gloves on. They are very resilient and when pulled they usually break off at ground level and come right back up in a few days.

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Seattle, WA

June 12, 2013
5:34 PM

Post #9556787

Ecballium elaterium, squirting cucumber?
Louisville, KY
(Zone 6b)

June 12, 2013
5:41 PM

Post #9556789

Maybe Jimsonweed?
Granite Shoals, TX

June 12, 2013
7:16 PM

Post #9556897

vngarden wrote:Ecballium elaterium, squirting cucumber?

Looks kinda like it, but mine don't have the fruit (cucumber) or squirt. And the distribution map I found doesn't show it in Texas.
Granite Shoals, TX

June 12, 2013
7:19 PM

Post #9556901

sladeofsky wrote:Maybe Jimsonweed?

I looked up Jimsonweed and I'm pretty sure that's not it.
Cherry Grove, OH
(Zone 6b)

June 12, 2013
7:27 PM

Post #9556923

It looks like a thistle.
Houston Heights, TX
(Zone 9a)

June 12, 2013
7:32 PM

Post #9556930

Looks thistle-y to me too but which one?
Great Falls, VA
(Zone 6b)

June 13, 2013
8:24 PM

Post #9558319

Some kind of wild Solanum. A weedy nightshade. We have a smaller variety here in Virginia. Maybe this one is the dreaded "Soda apple" which gets bushy. Some have yellow fruit, some red. They are considered invasive weeds by most people.
Harper, TX

February 20, 2015
8:57 AM

Post #10025739

If the flower pedals are lavender to purple with yellow stamens and pistils (at first tightly bound together) and fruit is round-2cm dia. and dries to a browninsh yellow it's probably what we call 'wild tomato' the genus I believe is 'solanum'


Magnolia, TX
(Zone 8b)

February 20, 2015
2:36 PM

Post #10025899

A nightshade definitely. hmmmm Granite Shoals- ah San Antone. Probably a white or purple blooming one. Looks well watered, i use pliers to pull mine.

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