Thorny plant with tomato-like fruit found in garden

jschoJuly 28, 2009

Hi everyone,

Today I was looking through my family's garden and came across a large plant that I have never noticed before. It has thorny stems, rounded leaves, and small tomato-like fruit on the ends on them. These "tomatoes" are have a fairly thick skin and are filled with sort of "hairy" seeds on the inside. I found out that one of my dogs had eaten one that had fallen on the ground. She has only eaten one to my knowledge and she hasn't displayed any sick behavior as of yet :\. Obviously I will keep a close eye on her and in the mean time hope to be able to identify what kind of plant this is.

Here are some pictures I have taken of it today:





Any help is appreciated!

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Ahh, I'm sorry, I don't know how to make my pictures into a link. Please copy and paste if you can.

    Bookmark   July 28, 2009 at 9:19PM
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pitimpinai(z6 Chicago)

Picture #1:

#2: Same:


#4: Is this the trunk of the same plant?

    Bookmark   July 28, 2009 at 10:00PM
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pitimpinai(z6 Chicago)

Oh, those "tomatoes" are Rosehips. :-)
Great for tea and what ails ya. :-D

    Bookmark   July 28, 2009 at 10:02PM
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Chemocurl zn5b/6a Indiana(zone 5/6)

Though I do agree that they are Rugosa roses, I don't think of them as wild. There may be some that are wild, but non are native to the US and there are some great hybrids.


Here is a link that might be useful: Hybrid Rugosa roses

    Bookmark   July 28, 2009 at 10:11PM
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By your description of a thorny plant with tomato-like fruit, I was all ready to say it was horse nettle, till I saw the photos and the mention of rose hips. I never thought of it, but they kind of do resemble tomatoes.

    Bookmark   July 28, 2009 at 11:03PM
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pitimpinai: yes, the fourth picture is the trunk of the same plant.

Thank you very much! My parents have planted many a rose in that garden so I'm not surprised it's some type of rose plant. That's very cool that those are rose hips; awesome to have on hand if needed. I really appreciate the help!

    Bookmark   July 28, 2009 at 11:04PM
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