Silverleaf Nightshade (Solanum elaeagnifolium Cav.)
While this plant is listed in several states as noxious, it has a good looking bloom. It hardily grows under drought conditions and with our recent showers, it is flourishing.
I often get down low with it and it is a favorite of mine to photograph. I found these two blooms growing in an unusual back to back mirror like placement.
We list it as a noxious plant, poisonous to both cattle and humans while Native Indians found many uses for things we just walk by:
The Zuni used it for treating toothaches and snakebites.
The Navajo treated respiratory symptoms with the plant, including throat and nose problems.
The Pima also used the crushed fruits a treatment for colds.
Mexican folk healers used the plant, calling it buena mujer, to treat fits of sneezing.
The plant contains enough enzymes to be used as a rennet, or digestive agent in milk. The Navajo, the Pima, Cochiti, all used the fruit of the plant for this purpose.
And finally, on a lighter note, the fruits were used as adornment. Keresan women made the fruits into necklaces.
They will not treat you kindly if you use your bare hands to pick a flower as the stems are covered with a bountiful quantity of bristles.
Find beauty and use for the everyday things on your journey†††††††nada te turbe††††jim