Plant goats don't eat

Discussion in 'Plant and Tree Identification' started by Nancy_in_GA, Aug 6, 2006.

  1. Nancy_in_GA

    Nancy_in_GA Well-Known Member

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    Can anyone give me a hint on this plant? Our goats won't eat it, but they have plenty of other stuff right now. Need to find out if it's poisonous.

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    This one is about 8 in tall. I *think* it's an annual, because the roots don't go very deep and this is about the biggest one I've seen so far.

    The blossom looks like a white bell, about 1/4 inch across, with a yellow center hanging out.

    Thanks,
    Nancy
    NE Georgia
     
  2. Dahc

    Dahc Don't Tase me, bro!?!

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    This may be deadly nightshade. Atropa belladonna. But the flowers don't match up.
     

  3. tillandsia

    tillandsia Well-Known Member

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    It is Solanum americanum, which is a poisonous nightshade. Your goats are smart to avoid it!
     
  4. Nancy_in_GA

    Nancy_in_GA Well-Known Member

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    Gosh, I bet you think I was putting you on, but I wasn't. Went out this morning and pulled up every one of these I could find. Found some with green and purple berries, some with more jagged-shaped leaves, and some with the flowers open like a star---much more like the pictures of American nightshade online.

    I think we must have brought the seeds in on the hay we bought last winter, because the closer I got to the barn, the more of them I found. But directly on the other side of the goat fence, I couldn't find any.

    Sure hope this stuff doesn't get started here.

    Thank you once again.

    Nancy
     
  5. Cyngbaeld

    Cyngbaeld In Remembrance Supporter

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    It was prob already on the property. Most goats won't eat enough stuff like that to make them sick unless they are starving, so I wouldn't worry too much. But it doesn't hurt to pull out either, if you have the time.