This is a large and diverse genus of over 2000 species of plants that are very important foods and flowers, as well as of medicinal value. They can be annuals, perennials, vines, small shrubs and small trees. Many parts of them are poisonous.
Notable members of this genus include potato and tomato.
Name Derivation: From Latin Solare meaning solace, quietude or referring to the narcotic properties of some species
Common Name: Nightshades
Solanum is in the family Solanaceae.