Solanum villosum

Solanum villosum Mill.


  • Hairy Nightshade
  • Red Nightshade
  • Woolly Nightshade
  • سموة
  • samweh
  • סוֹלָנוּם שָׂעִיר
  • solanum sa'ir


  • Nutrient-rich soils
  • ruderal

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Medicinal Complaints / Uses

Solanum villosum Mill.

Activity / Interpretation Traditional

Parts Used

Child Health

Abdominal pain, especially in babies


Cook aerial parts & fruit + "yansun" (Pimpinella anisum) + "raziana" (Foeniculum sp.) (See NOTES) + sugar & drink. (TOXIC See CAUTIONS.)

Aerial parts, FruitZ



Drink juice of fruit. (TOXIC See CAUTIONS.)


Eye heat & swelling


Mash fresh plant, apply to eye & tie in place with bandage. (TOXIC See CAUTIONS.)

Aerial partsZ
Wound Healing

Antiseptic for skin/wounds/ swollen purulent lesions

Anti-Infective, Anti-septic

1. Use fresh Aerial parts or juice or powdered dried plant alone or + olive oil & apply to wound x 2/day.
2. For swollen purulent lesion: make an oil based decoction of mashed leaves & fruits & apply as compress.

Aerial parts, Fruit, LeafZ
Wound Healing

Form crust over wound & prevent infection

Anti-septic Vulnerary

Cook mashed aerial parts in cow's butter & spread over wound. (TOXIC See CAUTIONS.)

Aerial partsZ

The authors of the Flora Palaestina Ethnobotany (FPE) web site do not take responsibility for any adverse effects from the use of the plants described here. Always seek advice from a health professional before using a plant medicinally or for other purposes

In the recipe for abdominal pain in babies Z mentions that "raziana" is Foeniculum. (fennel). This is a Persian & also another Arabic name for this species.

The Solanum genus has species which are toxic containing the glycosidic steroidal alkaloid, solanine, most concentrated in unripe green berries & immature fruit & leaves. Poisoning usually occurs 6-12 hrs after ingestion causing abdominal pain, vomiting, diarrhea, fever, sweating, confusion, drowsiness. Eating large amounts can cause death from cardiac arrhythmias & respiratory failure. Livestock poisoning from nitrate toxicity is caused by grazing on leaves of this species. (See also Solanum nigrum)