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I came across this plant in an alley in the Del Norte neighborhood. Anybody know what it is?

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Comment by Roy on July 12, 2009 at 2:02pm
Aha! I have been searching for the name of this for weeks!!!! I had a batch of it next to my garden and it choked out the vines I was trying to grow on the wall. I tried boiling water to no effect and pulling up the stalks but it just comes back stronger. I have resorted to digging up sprouts in the garden and next to it. ANY idea how to get rid of it without toxic chemicals??? My back aches....
Comment by Chris B on June 4, 2008 at 12:41pm
Thanks, everyone, for clearing up the mystery. BTW, what does Mollison say about rampancy? The clump I found didn't look rampant. It was in an untended area where it wouldn't get any care (e.g., additional water).
Comment by Ruby Sheffer on June 2, 2008 at 6:36pm
Oh, and Mike got the ID right.
Comment by Ruby Sheffer on June 2, 2008 at 6:35pm
PS don't eat the berries.
Comment by Ruby Sheffer on June 2, 2008 at 6:34pm
Nonetheless, it is a native. And ony shows up in limited places even if rampant in those places. Now what was it Mollison said about rampancy in the Dryland/Desert section? I've seen a bit more of it around here lately. Much more common around El Paso TX. I wonder what gives? You might want to ask, why here, why now.
Comment by Mike Ashby on June 2, 2008 at 11:25am
Ah, this old friend. I get a lot of this beneath my citrus trees, on the east side of my garden, and I've assumed it was a nightshade of some sort. I found a Web site with photos that labels it Solanum elaeagnifolium, or silverleaf nightshade, apparently a common plant in southern Arizona. It gets orange fruits later in the season. I like its looks, but it's a bugger to pull up, with its thorny stems and resistant roots--I pull it up because it would completely swamp the area of the garden where it is trying to establish itself if permitted.

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