The shoo-fly plant is an annual that is sometimes grown from seed to add interest to borders. However, as occasional seedlings may appear in the garden (such as from bird-sown seed or seed fallen from a bird feeder), it is sometimes thought of as a weed.
It is a member of the Solanaceae or potato family
The plants and fruits are not considered to be edible, although there are no reports that they are harmful
A native to South America
Can be found on bare, waste and cultivated ground