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PlantFiles: Bahama Nightshade, Cankerberry, Key West Nightshade
Solanum bahamense

Family: Solanaceae (so-lan-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Solanum (so-LAN-num) (Info)
Species: bahamense (ba-ha-MEN-see) (Info)

2 members have or want this plant for trade.


36-48 in. (90-120 cm)
4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)
6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)
8-10 ft. (2.4-3 m)
10-12 ft. (3-3.6 m)

18-24 in. (45-60 cm)
24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)
USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)
USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)
USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 C (40 F)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun
Sun to Partial Shade
Light Shade
Partial to Full Shade

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Bloom Color:

Bloom Time:
Blooms all year


Other details:
This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds

Soil pH requirements:
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)
7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
From seed; direct sow outdoors in fall

Seed Collecting:
Remove fleshy coating on seeds before storing
Allow unblemished fruit to ripen; clean and dry seeds

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1 positive
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Neutral scbentz On Jun 11, 2012, scbentz from Cold Spring, KY wrote:

Saw copious growth of this lovely plant at Bahia Honda State Park. (June 2012)

Positive NativePlantFan9 On Oct 3, 2004, NativePlantFan9 from Boca Raton, FL (Zone 10a) wrote:

This is a large shrub with clusters of beautiful violet/lavender star-shaped flowers native to the tropical hardwood hammocks of coastal South Florida and the Keys. The scarlet-red, flaming berries probably provide food for wildlife such as birds, and the flowers probably attract butterflies. A great plant if you live in zone 10a along the Gulf or Atlantic side of Florida or southward!

MORE FACTS - Member of Nightshade (Potato) Family, Solanaceae. (Credits to ISB Atlas of Florida Vascular Plants and Wikipeda, The Free Encyclopedia).


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Big Pine Key, Florida
Fort Pierce, Florida

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