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Sonoran Desert Plants
Solanum umbelliferum Eschscholtz (Purple Nightshade)



Habitat: rocky slopes
Life Form: forb,perennial
Leaf Description: ,ovate to oblong-lanceolate,entire or undulate,alternate,simple
Flower Color: violet or purple or indigo
Flowering Period: Apr. to Nov.
Spines: spineless
Family: Solanaceae (nightshade family)
Abundance: rare
Additional Information:
Felger, R.S. and S. Rutman. 2016. Ajo Peak to Tinajas Altas: A Flora of Southwestern Arizona. Part 20. Eudicots: Solanaceae to Zygophyllaceae. Phytoneuron 2016-52: 1-66. Published 4 August 2016. ISSN 2153 733X page 35 (7.5 MB pdf)

Our member horticultural expert is Hank Jorgensen. For more information on this plant species, see Hank's page on Solanum umbelliferum Eschscholtz (opens in a new tab).






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