Missouri Wildflower Guide


Of the old house, only a few crumbled
     Courses of brick, smothered in nettle and dock,
Or a squared stone, lying mossy where it tumbled!
     Sprawling bramble and saucy thistle mock
What once was firelit floor and private charm
     Where, seen in a windowed picture, hills were fading
At dusk, and all was memory-coloured and warm,
     And voices talked, secure from the wind's invading.

 

From "The House That Was" by Laurence Binyon

 

 

Horse-Nettle

Although Horse Nettle has attractive white star-shaped flowers with large bright yellow stamens, it is a weedy, thorny plant, not welcomed when it occurs in pastures and fields. Children have been fatally poisoned by its smooth, round, toxic fruit, which look like tiny yellow tomatoes.

 

  • Bloom Time

    May-Oct

     

  • Habit

    Herbaceous

     

  • Height

    1-3 feet

     

  • Longevity

    Perennial