Woolly Nightshade

Also known as:
Tobacco Weed, Flannel Leaf, Kerosene Plant
South Brazil, Uruguay

General description

Shrub or tree <8m tall. Leaves smelling of kerosene greyish-green on upper surface, white to yellowish green beneath , & covered in dense felt-like hairs. Clusters of purple flowers at end of branches, yellow berries with many seeds

Vacant land, farmland, gullies, bush margins. Tolerates wide range of habitats, including shade.

Seeds spread by birds.

Berries toxic. Forms pure colonies, crowding out other plants. Dust from plant irritates skin, eyes, nose, throat.

Site management

Rarely invades intact habitats. Maintain shade by planting dense cover. Follow up for 3 years. Maintain rolling front of control. Exclude livestock, maintain pest control.

Recommended approaches

1. Pull up all small plants
2. Cut & stump paint or frill (100ml/L Tordon BK or triclopyr 100ml/1L or picloram gel).
3. Paint a 70cm high collar around stem (picloram gel) to kill standing.
4. Make 2 cuts either side of stem & fill each cut (1.5mls Tordon BK).
5. Spray Oct - Feb (60ml triclopyr +10ml penetrant/10L).

Caution: when using any herbicide or pesticide PLEASE READ THE LABEL THOROUGHLY to ensure that all instructions and safety requirements are followed.

Similar species

white-edged nightshade
Solanum marginatum

White-edged nightshade has spiny leaves and stems.

angel's trumpet
Brugmansia candida

Angels trumpet has similar leaves but has giant hanging white (occ mauve, red, orange) flowers, with a sweet scent.

devil's fig
Solanum torvum

Devil's fig has lobed leaf margins and white flowers.

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RPMS status

Containment (removal) - Waitakere weed control zone
Containment (boundary) - Whole Region
Community Initiatives - Whole Region
National Pest Plant Accord species - nationwide
woolly nightshade - Main species image