The gift of Solanum marginatum from Dustin opened a chilly-looking bloom yesterday.
For a solanum from Abyssinia, the White-Edged Nightshade really knows how to dress for winter.
(Labeled from the grower as S. marginata, but my trusty Hortus Third says S. marginatum.
Not many references to its use as an ornamental, but lots of treatises on its pharmaceutical importance.)
And what a handy chart from the USDA on this solanum’s place in the plant hierarchy:
Kingdom Plantae â€“ Plants
Subkingdom Tracheobionta â€“ Vascular plants
Superdivision Spermatophyta â€“ Seed plants
Division Magnoliophyta â€“ Flowering plants
Class Magnoliopsida â€“ Dicotyledons
Family Solanaceae â€“ Potato family
Genus Solanum L. â€“ nightshade
Species Solanum marginatum L. f. â€“ purple African nightshade
The USDA considers this plant a noxious weed in California. If I was less urban and more rural, I’d be concerned. Still, I won’t be freely passing seedlings, if any, of this one around in California.