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Solanum bahamense, Bahama Nightshade

Solanum bahamense

Bahama Nightshade
Family: Solanaceae
Origin: West Indies
USDA Zone: 9-11?
USDA Plant Hardiness MapLarge shrub 5-10 ft tallSmall plant 2-5 ftSemi-shadeFull sunModerate waterBlue, lavender, purple flowers

Solanum bahamense (Bahama nightshade) is a very versatile species of plant, ideal for a range of conditions. It is a fast-growing, evergreen large shrub, reaching heights of up to 10 feet tall. In mild climates, it will also form smaller plants of up to 5 feet in height. It can also be grown successfully in containers and as a smaller, short-lived perennial.

The best place to grow Solanum bahamense is in an area with full sun and semi-shade. It enjoys moderate water and soil that drains well. It is an attractive addition to any garden, with its bright clusters of blue, lavender, and purple flowers throughout the growing season. It is also drought tolerant, and can gracefully tolerate short periods of dryness.

When established, this plant is surprisingly cold hardy, surviving temperatures that drop to at least the 30s F. Solanum bahamense is best grown in USDA zones 9-11. For colder regions, it can be grown in a pot, making sure to protect it from prolonged action of cold temperatures.

In its native region, Solanum bahamense can form large stands in disturbed soils and scrubs. But it's versatile nature makes it a great choice for many different places and habitats. It is an attractive addition to any garden and can be grown successfully in a range of climates and conditions.

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