RockyMtnKoala
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What on earth is this? Any help appreciated

Found this odd looking plant growing around my cabin in Colorado. The fruit is like very small cherry tomatoes (but green) and the leaves are almost tomato-like. My suspicions are that it may be toxic because even the critters weren't touching them, but curious as to what they may be.

Any hints or knowledge?

I really appreciate your help.

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It certainly looks tomato like (and unripe tomatoes are always green). But you are right that there are other tomato ish things in the nightshade family that might be toxic.

The leaves aren't exactly tomato leaves, but there are varieties called potato leaf tomatoes that I'm not familiar with. So I'll let someone else give you a more definitive answer.
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RockyMtnKoala
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Thank you, rainbowgardner

I appreciate you fixing that for me. :D

Yes, I'm doing some more research online right now and it appears that this may be a member of the nightshade family. Taking a cue from the critters, I think I'll just pull them out.

I appreciate your time in helping.
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Solanum elaeagnifolium - white horsenettle. It's generally mildly toxic, and it's considered a weed (although it's a native in your area) so I'd keep pulling it up if I were you.

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Great! Thank you.

Thank you so much, lorax. I'll start making sure I pull it out when I see it.

Cheers. :)
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