What plant is this?

This grows beside our house in the shade.
q what plant is this , gardening, plant id, The flowers colors range from light purple to white and are the size of a quarter They have thorns on the stem
The flowers colors range from light purple to white and are the size of a quarter. They have thorns on the stem.
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  • Dianne Snow Dianne Snow on May 29, 2016
    Belladonna. Also known as Deadly Nightshade. Poisonous.
  • Claudette Claudette on May 29, 2016
    Solanum dulcamara - For information : https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Solanum_dulcamara
  • Ann Riffe Ann Riffe on May 29, 2016
    This is horsenettle, or Solanum carolinensis
  • Ann Riffe Ann Riffe on May 29, 2016
    Horsenettle is an erect perennial weed. The leaves of horsenettle alternate on stems that contain spines. Horsenettle leaves range up to seven inches in length and 1- to 2-inches wide with wavy to coarsely lobed edges. The veins of the leaves as well as the petioles contain spines. Horsenettle spreads by rhizomes and seeds. The flowers of horsenettle are purple to white in color and occur in clusters on spiny flower-stalks. The anthers of the flower are yellow. Flowers occur during the summer. The fruit is smooth globe shaped; the size of a marble. Fruits are light green in color with green coloring, but turn yellow at maturity. Horsenettle is found in pastures, orchards and landscape beds. Horsenettle will grow in a variety of soil types, but does best in sand soils. Horsenettle is found in the eastern United States, west to Kansas and Texas. Distribution Germination Dates 3: May-June 4: May 5: May 7: April 8: March 9: March Cultural Practices Horsenettle is an upright perennial which cannot compete in regularly mowed areas. Horsenettle can become established along fence rows or other turf areas not regularly mowed. Horsenettle can also complete in ornamental plantings. Caution of thorns should be taken when mechanically removing from landscape bed. All parts of the plant contain alkaloids and should not be eaten. Herbicide Use Make your post-emergence herbicide application to horsenettle that is young and actively growing. Gordon's Control Recommendations: Pre-Emergent Non-Selective GlyphoMate® 41 Weed & Grass Killer Plus Aquatic Herbicide Pronto® Vegetation Killer Post-Emergent PowerZone® Broadleaf Herbicide SpeedZone® Broadleaf Herbicide for Turf Trimec® 1000 Low Odor Broadleaf Herbicide Trimec® 992 Broadleaf Herbicide Trimec® Classic Broadleaf Herbicide Trimec® Southern Broadleaf Herbicide for Sensitive Southern Grasses Specialty Products Other Choices Look Alikes
  • Karen Wilson Karen Wilson on May 29, 2016
    I didn't know what it was, but for a weed, it is very pretty.
  • Barb Barb on May 29, 2016
    A lot of weeds are so pretty and make pretty in vases.....beauty is in the eye of the beholder.
  • Linda St. Laurent Linda St. Laurent on May 30, 2016
    I would have thought it was a Clematis Vine, but it seems like it's a weed! A pretty weed, though!
  • Trudy Trudy on May 30, 2016
    Does it get berries? Google images for Deadly Nightshade. I think it is a very poisonous plant, both the leaves and berries. You wouldn't want it around if you have children who might try the berries!
    • Linda Linda on May 30, 2016
      Thank You Trudy are dogs rarely use this part of the yard. The kids are older and would not try to eat them.
  • Lori Lori on May 30, 2016
    Definitely nightshade. Very toxic
  • Linda Linda on May 30, 2016
    Yes it does get berries.
  • Cor5162059 Cor5162059 on May 30, 2016
    When I want to identify plants I email them to our County Extension office. They are so helpful and have access to tons of information. That's a beautiful little flower
  • Txt4258973 Txt4258973 on May 30, 2016
    There's actually two plants in the photo. One is definitely a nightshade (toxic), the other looks like a queen anne's lace or some variation of.
    • Linda Linda on May 30, 2016
      Thank You Txtigerpup yes I did not realize that the other was in the picture. Are there many types of night shade plants some of the photos I have seen are slightly different.
  • Ann Riffe Ann Riffe on Jun 01, 2016
    It is not DEADLY NIGHTSHADE. It is horsenettle. It is in the nightshade family as are tomatoes, peppers, eggplant to name a few. Deadly nightshade has no thorns and purple-black berries about the size of a pearl. Horsenettle will have a berry about the size of a small grape tomato. It will be green and turn yellowish as it ripens. Many of the plants in the nightshade family are poisonous, (including tomatoes if you eat the leaves) so it is best to get rid of it if you have small children playing in the area.
  • Ann Riffe Ann Riffe on Jun 01, 2016
    If you look at the flowers and get a picture of an eggplant flower, they are similar
  • Ann Riffe Ann Riffe on Jun 01, 2016
    Go to weedalert.com and look up horsenettle. It has pictures of the weed and of the flowers.