Solanum umbelliferum Santa Clara County

Bluewitch Nightshade, Santa Clara County

Plant Type: Shrub
Sun: Partial Shade, Sun
Drainage: Medium, Well-draining
Water: Occasional
Height X Width: 4' X 3'
Santa Clara County Local: Yes
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This member of the nightshade family is found throughout the California Floristic Province (i.e. that portion of the West Coast that enjoys a Mediterranean climate) in many plant communities. Locally it is quite common around Stevens Creek Reservoir. It grows as an open, rounded shrub, often within other plants, with solid green leaves and flowers of purple or blue with yellow centers. In summer, the small rounded fruit develop, reminding us that bluewitch nightshade is in the same family as the common tomato. Please note, however, that all parts of bluewitch nightshade are toxic to humans. Bluewitch nightshade is adaptable to a variety of situations and will remain green in the summer with a small amount of irrigation after the plant is established. Note: These plants were grown from material originating in Santa CLara County.


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