Plant family: Solanaceae - Nightshade
Plant type: Shrub
Plant origin: N/A, California
Clay, Decomposed Granite, Sand, Sandy Loam
Autumn Foliage, Exceptional Fragrance, Fire Resistance, Good in Containers, Important to Native People
Purple Nightshade is a 2 to 3 foot high perennial that produces attractive purple flowers with small green and white centers. The plant has a large leaf, open growing habit and produces green fruits. This plant is a relative of the tomato but do not be fooled! this plant is poisonous so please consider small children etc. when deciding on planting location! This plant needs little water, although some supplemental winter irrigation will keep the leaves looking healthy. Purple Nightshade will do well in a chaparral garden, also in borders or in decorative containers, but use caution due to its toxicity.
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