Devil's Fig

Also known as:
Turkey Berry
Solanaceae (nightshade) family
West Indies

General description

Erect, multi-branching prickly shrub up to 4m tall. Stems densely hairy, with scattered prickles. Leaves greyish-green on upper surface, white to yellowish green beneath, covered in dense felt-like hairs. Leaf margins irregularly lobed. Flowers star shaped, white with yellow stamens. Produces a many seeded green-yellow round fruit.

Pastures, disturbed areas, roadsides, wastelands, plantations.

Bird spread seed

Can form inpenetrable thickets, supressing pasture and inhibiting the growth of native species.

Site management

Recommended approaches

1. Report it immediately to the Auckland Council Biosecurity team, who will arrange for its control at their expense.

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

Similar species

woolly nightshade
Solanum mauritianum

Woolly nightshade has entire leaves and violet flowers.

angel's trumpet
Brugmansia candida

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

white-edged nightshade
Solanum marginatum

White-edged nightshade has more deeply lobed leaf margins which are also white.

apple of sodom
Solanum linnaeanum

Apple of sodom is a smaller plant. It's leaves are more deeply lobed. It has violet, rather than white flowers.

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RPMS status

Total Control - Whole Region
devil's fig - Main species image