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Bahama nightshade
Solanum bahamense

Copyright by: Roger L. Hammer

General Landscape Uses: Primarily recommended for natural landscapes and habitat restorations. Also an accent shrub in coastal areas.

Availability: Grown by enthusiasts.

Description: Medium shrub with an erect stem. Branches and leaves sometimes spiny. Leaves slightly hairy beneath.

Dimensions: About 4-6 feet in height. About as broad as tall.

Growth Rate: Moderate.

Range: Monroe County Keys north along the east coast to Martin County; West Indies.

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Habitats: Coastal hammocks.

Soils: Moist, well-drained sandy or limestone soils, with humusy top layer.

Nutritional Requirements: Moderate; can grow in nutrient poor soils, but needs some organic content to thrive.

Salt Water Tolerance: Low; does not tolerate long-term flooding by salt or brackish water.

Salt Wind Tolerance: High; can tolerate moderate amounts of salt wind without significant injury.

Drought Tolerance: Moderate; generally requires moist soils, but tolerant of short periods of drought once established.

Light Requirements: Light shade.

Flower Color: Purple petals with yellow anthers.

Flower Characteristics: Semi-showy, about 1/2" wide.

Flowering Season: All year.

Fruit: Bright red berry, produced in rows.

Horticultural Notes: Can be grown from seed.

References: Hammer 2004

Copyright by: Roger L. Hammer

Copyright by: Beryn Harty, 2015
Monroe County Keys, Florida, USA

Copyright by: Shirley Denton

Copyright by: Shirley Denton

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