Green False-Nightshade, Greenleaf Five Eyes
Solanum coronopus

Family: Solanaceae (so-lan-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Solanum (so-LAN-num) (Info)
Species: coronopus (koh-RON-oh-pus) (Info)
Synonym:Chamaesaracha coronopus

Category:

Groundcovers

Perennials

Height:

6-12 in. (15-30 cm)

Spacing:

9-12 in. (22-30 cm)

12-15 in. (30-38 cm)

Hardiness:

Unknown - Tell us

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun

Sun to Partial Shade

Light Shade

Danger:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:

Chartreuse (Yellow-Green)

Bloom Time:

Mid Spring

Late Spring/Early Summer

Mid Summer

Late Summer/Early Fall

Foliage:

Herbaceous

Other details:

May be a noxious weed or invasive

This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds

Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping

Self-sows freely; deadhead if you do not want volunteer seedlings next season

Soil pH requirements:

5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

7.9 to 8.5 (alkaline)

Patent Information:

Non-patented

Propagation Methods:

From seed; direct sow after last frost

Seed Collecting:

Unblemished fruit must be significantly overripe before harvesting seed; clean and dry seeds

Regional

This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Austin, Texas

De Leon, Texas

San Antonio, Texas (2 reports)

Gardeners' Notes:

1
positive
2
neutrals
0
negatives
RatingContent
Positive

On Oct 2, 2009, realbirdlady from Austin, TX (Zone 8b) wrote:

Also called "hairy five eyes". I'm not sure where the note about invasive or noxious is coming from, either. It's well adapted in the areas where it is native, but to my knowledge, it's not really something that spreads, and it's not on any of the USDA lists. With dirt-colored leaves and leaf-colored flowers, it's not very obvious, but it's a nice little surprise when you happen to notice a patch. Good forage for deer.

Neutral

On Sep 4, 2004, smiln32 from Oklahoma City, OK (Zone 7a) wrote:

This plant is a U.S. native and grows "wild" in TX, UT, MN, CA, AZ, CO, and OK.

Neutral

On May 17, 2004, htop from San Antonio, TX (Zone 8b) wrote:

I have not grown this plant.

This is a wildflower which is known in Texas as "greenleaf five eyes". It is also known as ground saracha and prostrate ground cherry (however, it is not a member of Physalis). It is classified as a subshrub. The plant grows in a variety of soils including sandy, loamy and heavy clay. The 1.5 to 12 inches long stems are prostrate to ascending. The simple, alternate, broadly lanceolate to rhombic leaves are 1 to 2.5 inches long and .2 to .8 inches wide. They are covered with a grayish pubescence and gradually taper to a narrow base. The leaf margins can be entire or cleft into narrow lobes.

The five lobed flowers which emerge singularly or in pairs from the leaf axils are hermaphrodite. The whitish to greenish-white corolla i... read more