Other names: Bittersweet nightshade
Life cycle: Perennial
Found in: Cropland, pastures and hay fields throughout the southern U.S.
General description: An erect, slightly hairy plant with silver-tinged leaves.
Seedlings: Cotyledons are green, hairy and linear. Hypocotyls are hairy and purple-tinted.
True leaves: Alternate, linear and covered with star-shaped hairs. Leaves are silver-tinged.
Flowers and fruit: Flowers are blue or purple, star-shaped and have yellow centers. Fruit is a purplish-black berry.