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

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

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Category:
Shrubs

Height:
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)

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

Hardiness:
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

Danger:
Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:
Violet/Lavender

Bloom Time:
Blooms all year

Foliage:
Evergreen
Herbaceous
Smooth-Textured
Shiny/Glossy-Textured

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:
Non-patented

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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Profile:

1 positive
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

RatingAuthorContent
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).

Regional...

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

Big Pine Key, Florida
Fort Pierce, Florida



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