Common name: Blue Potato Bush, Blue Solanum Shrub, Paraguay nightshade, Blue Lycianthes
Botanical name: Lycianthes rantonnetii Family: Solanaceae (Potato family)
Synonyms: Solanum rantonnettii
Native to Argentina and Paraguay, Blue Solanum Shrub is a beautiful
ever-blooming shrub, clutivated for its blue-purple flowers. It is a
much-branched, fast growing evergreen shrub that grows up to 6 feet tall
and wide. It produces masses of deep purple flowers with yellow centers.
Flowering is most pronounced in summer. This shrub has evergreen leaves
that are alternate, simple, entire, oval to lanceolate. They are almost
glabrous on the upper side, and hairy on the underside, with slightly wavy
margins. They are up to 4 in long. Flowers are .5-1 in (1.25-2.5 cm) in
diameter. They are grouped at the leaf axils. Fruits are not edible. They
are red and ovoïd small berries.
Identification credit: Prashant Awale
|Photographed at Chembur, Mumbai.|