Having escaped another week’s mowing, several horse nettle bonnets, berries, & rumpled stars blossom on the perimeter of a field beside Little Crum Creek.

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Perhaps the immature fruit looks familiar.

Both horse nettles and tomatoes are part of the nightshade family. 

Unlike tomatoes, however, these much smaller fruits are poisonous and turn yellow when ripe.

Prickly & persistent, horse nettle is native to our region.

Here you can spot it where the wilding weeds meet the sunny but overlooked edge of an open space.

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