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Bransford, W.D. and Dolphia
Solanum umbelliferum Eschsch.
Bluewitch, Bluewitch nightshade
USDA Symbol: soum
USDA Native Status: L48 (N)
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.
Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Perennial Habit: Herb Fruit: Size Class:
Bloom InformationBloom Color: Blue , Purple
Bloom Time: Apr , May , Jun , Jul
, OR Native Distribution: CA
Coast Range foothills & interior valleys 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
From the National Organizations Directory
According to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is either on display or available from the following:
Santa Barbara Botanic Garden
- Santa Barbara, CA
Record Last Modified: 2007-01-01
Research By: TWC Staff