Photo courtesy C. Johns, Brewton, Al.
Plant is an upright, foul-smelling, nearly smooth annual
with an underground stem that produces new growth. Its preferred
habitat is waste places, disturbed sites, roadsides and fields.
Distribution is throughout the Escambia region.
The leaves are alternate on the stem; short leaf stalks;
lance-shaped. Leaf margins are toothed, tip is sharp pointed
and the leaf base graduates to a narrow point.
The flowers are terminal (end of the stem); solitary; bisexual
in nature and symmetrical in form. The calyx is lobed; the corolla
is tubular to funnel-shaped; 5-lobed; white to lavender; 5 stamens.
Flowers occur in the summer.
Fruit is a spiny capsule.
All parts of this plant are poisonous.