Solanum umbelliferum Eschsch.
Bluewitch nightshade, Bluewitch, Barba de chivo
Solanaceae (Potato Family)
USDA Symbol: soum
A rounded to spreading sub-shrub, bluewitch grows 2-3 ft. high and is as wide or wider than its height. Greenish, woody branches bear simple, oval leaves and, in season, a profusion of small umbels of blue to blue-purple flowers. The five petals are fused together into a saucer shape with a pattern of green nectar glands on a white background at the base. This is complemented by a cone of yellow stamens.
Though the main bloom period is spring and summer, some flowers will occur most of the year.
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Bloom InformationBloom Color: Blue , Purple
Bloom Time: Apr , May , Jun , Jul
DistributionUSA: AZ , CA , OR
Native Distribution: Oregon and CA Coast Range foothills & interior valleys, south through Mexico to Central America as far south as Panama
Native Habitat: Dry, brush-covered slopes & valleys
Growing ConditionsLight Requirement: Part Shade
Soil Moisture: Dry
Soil Description: Dry soils.
Conditions Comments: Though the main bloom period is spring and summer, some flowers will occur most of the year.
PropagationDescription: Use treated seeds or rooted layers or propagate this species.
Seed Collection: Not Available
Seed Treatment: Seeds need a one hour acid or hot water treatment.
Commercially Avail: yes
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View propagation protocol from Native Plants Network.
From the National Organizations DirectoryAccording to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is on display at the following locations:
Santa Barbara Botanic Garden - Santa Barbara, CA
Additional resourcesUSDA: Find Solanum umbelliferum in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Solanum umbelliferum in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Solanum umbelliferum
MetadataRecord Modified: 2007-01-01
Research By: TWC Staff