Solanum americanum

American Black Nightshade

Plant Type: Shrub
Sun: Partial Shade, Sun
Drainage: Medium, Well-draining
Water: Occasional
Height X Width: 4' X 3'
Santa Clara County Local: Yes
What do these mean?



This nightshade has a truly remarkable range throughout much of the tropics and subtropics. In the US it is found in an arc starting in the Northwest, descending through California and the Southwest then continuing through the South. In addition to Hawaii and Madagascar, it grows in many valleys throughout California (just had to write that sentence). American nightshade is open and rounded with glossy leaves. The spring flowers are white with yellow centers and are attractive to many pollinators. The fruit is typical of native nighshades - purple and shiny, about the size of a marble. Each fruit contains numerous seeds, which will be needed to sustain a planting since American nightshade is short lived (Only a few seasons, at most).


Deer Resistant: Yes
Attractive to Bees: Yes
Attractive to Butterflies: Yes
Good Under Oaks: Yes
Evergreen or Deciduous: Evergreen