The Sticky Nightshade (Solanum sisymbrifolium) is a flowering perennial plant in the Solanaceae family. It is also known as Vila-Vila, Red Buffalo-Bur, Litchi Tomato, and the Fire-and-Ice Plant.
It is native to South America.
It grows to 100-200 centimetres (39-79 inches) tall.
It has small tomato-like fruit, red on the outside and yellow inside, growing inside a spiny, green husk.
It has lots of spines up to 1.5 centimetres (half an inch) long.
The leaves are 5-14 centimetres (2-5 inches) long and 4-10 centimetres (1-4 inches) wide.
On each stem, there are up to 12 flowers about 3-5 centimetres (1-2 inches) long on. The flowers are white or pale blue.
The Sticky Nightshade blooms in summer.
Photographed in the Paris Botanical Garden, France, August 2022.
Photographer: Martina Nicolls
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