Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services

Tropical Soda Apple, Solanum viarum

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  • 1994, listed as a noxious weed in Florida; 1995, added to Federal Noxious Weed List.
  • Spreads rapidly, crowding out desirable vegetation.
  • It is a violation of state law to move this plant. ~ more info on compliance
  • Occurs in ditches, citrus groves, crop fields, pastures and along roadsides.
  • Plants can reach 6 feet in height and have sturdy, prickly stems.
  • Moderate success has been achieved by mowing plants and applying herbicides to young seedlings.
  • Biological control initiatives are underway and look promising.

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