The Carolina horsenettle, Solanum carolinense, is often viewed as a noxious weed. It even has obtained unflattering-sounding names such as "apple of Sodom", "bull nettle", and "devil's tomato".
It is covered in spines, and the leaves and stems are toxic not only to humans, but to most mammals.
But is this plant all bad? Below we discuss how this plant is much maligned: its weedy behavior is often a result of human interventions, and in its natural habitat, it maintains a balance with other species, and contributes to a healthy ecosystem. This page will teach you more about this plant, explaining how, when, and where it becomes a weed, and how both to control it, and to integrate it into a garden or ecosystem in a more balanced manner.