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Solanum species--Navidad, Jalisco

Common Name:

Plant Type:
Evergreen vine
Solanaceae (The Nightshade Family)
Geographic Origin:
California Native?:
Plant Size:
8 feet+ high and wide
Landscape/Garden Uses:
walls and fences
Flowering Season:
Spring to fall
Flower Color:
Lavender blue
Sun or light shade
Most soils
Suggested Irrigation:
Moderate watering
Estimated Hardiness:
Hardy to 25-30 degrees F.
A friend recently identified this beautiful climbing nightshade as S. macranthum. However, further research brings us back to "just don't know". It was brought to us from Jalisco, Mexico by our own Narcizo Dueñas. It has lush, dark, tapered leaves up to 4 inches long. Like S. jasminoides, it seems to be nearly everblooming, with large pendant clusters of waxy purple 3/4 inch flowers with prominent yellow centers. A surprising bonus is its sweet fragrance, something like that of heliotrope. It has taken bouts of 25 degrees thus far, and may be still hardier. However, it would be wise to protect it from hard frosts.