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Plant Identification: SOLVED: common landscaping shrub, purple flowers, orange berries

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Fruticosa
Midway City, CA

January 9, 2012
6:29 PM

Post #8961292

This should be an easy one.

Here's a plant I first noticed that was planted along a parking lot at a strip mall in Orange County, and I saw it again recently in Presidio Park, in San Diego, in San Diego County, both counties in Southern California, so I assume it's a common landscaping shrub. It has pretty purple flowers with 5 petals apiece, with yellow centers. It has distinctive orange berries, too.

Here is a flower.


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Fruticosa
Midway City, CA

January 9, 2012
6:30 PM

Post #8961294

Here is a solitary orange berry, slightly out of focus.

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Fruticosa
Midway City, CA

January 9, 2012
6:31 PM

Post #8961295

And some dried up berries.

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Fruticosa
Midway City, CA

January 9, 2012
6:33 PM

Post #8961299

Would you like some leaves with your flowers, Sir?

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ecrane3
Dublin, CA
(Zone 9a)

January 9, 2012
6:47 PM

Post #8961311

Maybe Lycianthes rantonetii? http://davesgarden.com/guides/pf/go/31441/ Otherwise some Solanum species (Lysianthes used to be part of Solanum)

trackinsand

trackinsand
mid central, FL
(Zone 9a)

January 9, 2012
6:50 PM

Post #8961317

my mind is a blank. not saying it's this one but some kind of Solanum definitely. http://davesgarden.com/guides/pf/go/60980/

i couldn't think of a genus but my mind went to this species.

trackinsand

trackinsand
mid central, FL
(Zone 9a)

January 9, 2012
6:51 PM

Post #8961318

lol, i messed around so long thinking that you beat me to it!
Fruticosa
Midway City, CA

January 9, 2012
7:05 PM

Post #8961337

It took me a while, but I finally found a photo of Lycianthes rantonetii with a berry:
http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Lycianthes_rantonnei_Frucht.JPG
None of the Plant Files pics of that species showed the berries, nor most of Google images I found, which really surprised me, since to me the berries are what made the plant noticeable. Without the berries, it's just another plant with a purple flower. Maybe most everybody's photos of the berries turned out as blurred as mine? I'll take some more such photos another day, and maybe include these in the Plant Files to help others.

OK, thanks both of you, I'm convinced that's the correct species now.

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