From California Natives Wiki
Species Name: Solanum xantii
Common Name: Blue Witch
- Long bloom season with deep, infrequent watering. Very drought tolerant. Recommended under oaks or pines. Berries attract birds. Caution: all parts are toxic.
- Plant Family: Solanaceae
- Plant Type: Shrub
- Height by Width: 3'h x 3'w
- Growth Habit: Low, trailing
- Deciduous/Evergreen: Semi-deciduous
- Growth Rate: Fast
- Sun Exposure: Sun or Shade
- Soil Preference: Rocky and loam
- Water Requirements: Dry-Semi-moist
- Cold Hardy to: To 15 degrees
- Flower Season: Spring to Summer
- Flower Color: Dark Blue
- Endangered?: Not Listed
- Distribution: California Floristic Province, Desert Mountains, Baja.
- Natural Habitat: Shrubland, oak/pine woodland, coniferous forest below 7500'.
- Care and Maintenance
- Introduced into cultivation in California by Theodore Payne.
- From California Native Plants, Theodore Payne's 1941 catalog: "Shrubby plant 1 to 3 feet high. Rich green foliage; flowers violet or lavender blue; very showy when in bloom. Gallon cans, 40c."
- Other Names
- Bornstein, Carol, David Fross, and Bart O'Brien. California Native Plants for the Garden. Los Olivos, CA: Cachuma Press. 2005.