Brazilian Nightshade, St. Vincent Lilac, Italian Jasmine

Solanum seaforthianum

Family: Solanaceae (so-lan-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Solanum (so-LAN-num) (Info)
Species: seaforthianum (see-forth-ee-AH-num) (Info)


Tropicals and Tender Perennials

Vines and Climbers

Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

Flowers are fragrant

Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us


15-20 ft. (4.7-6 m)


36-48 in. (90-120 cm)


USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)

USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)

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:

Sun to Partial Shade


Seed is poisonous if ingested

All parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

Bloom Color:





White/Near White

Bloom Time:

Mid Summer

Late Summer/Early Fall



Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

Soil pH requirements:

5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

Patent Information:

Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:

From semi-hardwood cuttings

By air layering

Seed Collecting:

Seed does not store well; sow as soon as possible


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

Temecula, California

Bartow, Florida (2 reports)

Boca Raton, Florida

Deland, Florida (2 reports)

Fort Lauderdale, Florida

Hollywood, Florida

Jacksonville, Florida (2 reports)

Lake Mary, Florida

Lakeland, Florida

Leesburg, Florida

Palm Bay, Florida

Panama City Beach, Florida

Punta Gorda, Florida

Sarasota, Florida

Tampa, Florida

Venice, Florida

West Palm Beach, Florida (2 reports)

Ainaloa, Hawaii

Madison, Mississippi

Ocean Springs, Mississippi

Belton, Texas

Edinburg, Texas

Houston, Texas

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Jan 13, 2007, TexasPuddyPrint from Edinburg, TX wrote:

I received seeds for this vine and they sprouted and grew quickly. This vine has very dense coverage and I've noticed numerous sulphurs (butterflies) like to roost amongst the dense foliage. Have never seen a butterfly nectaring from the blooms though. It is a very prolific bloomer and seeder. I get gobs of seedlings from fallen seed!!!

The vine stays somewhat compact but the tendrils can really wrap themselves tightly around whatever is within it's reach. I've had to cut back numerous thick branches of it as they latched onto my nearby citrus trees and started growing all over them before I realized it!!! If anyone needs a dense vine for privacy this would be the one to grow!

Not sure if the weather or soil is agreeable but they really have grown wild la... read more


On Jun 26, 2006, dmj1218 from west Houston, TX (Zone 9a) wrote:

What I like about this vine is it is an 'orderly' grower. It won't take over and crowd out other plants and you don't have to cut it back. The flowers are lovely and the berries are a real plus. They have been known to die from frost down here for me--so I start seeds in the late spring--and protect one plant every winter. One of my favorite vines. The USDA Plants data base lists it as native to Florida, Puerto Rico, Hawaii, and the Virgin Islands; I've also heard otherwise.


On May 31, 2006, bereal from Pahoa, HI wrote:

This beautiful vine can be easily propagated from ripe seed. It grows quite fast here in Hawaii. The cardinals love the fresh red berries (seed ) even though they are reported toxic to humans.


On Jul 29, 2005, MotherNature4 from Bartow, FL (Zone 9a) wrote:

I have grown this lovely vine in the past, and would recommend it. One must remember that it does have toxin, but it certainly is beautiful in all stages of inflorescence.


On Apr 2, 2005, artcons from Fort Lauderdale, FL (Zone 10b) wrote:

I grew mine from cuttings spring 04. It's growing from a three gallon pot at the base of a trellis. So far it hasn't wandered too far, but that might be due to the pot. It's an attractive vine with clusters of delicate leaves. The flowers are very fragrant, but not overpowering. It produces berries during the winter which mockingbirds seem to love. The plant is a good grower considering it's in a pot.