Solanum aviculare

Solanum aviculare_Ron Vanderhoff
Photo: Ron Vanderhoff

Common names: New Zealand nightshade

Solanum aviculare (New Zealand nightshade) is a subshrub/shrub (family Solanaceae) with purple flowers and narrow leaves found in the coastal ranges and desert ranges of California. It is native to Australia. It favors forests and grasslands. It propagates by seeds which are dispersed via birds.

Cal-IPC Rating: Watch

CDFA Rating: None?


Plant Risk Assessment - An evaluation of the potential for a plant to be invasive in California.

Weed Management Notes

No Weed RIC Management Notes are available for this species. Check for information on other species in the genus on the Weed RIC site.

Cal-IPC Newsletter Articles

Cal-IPC Symposium Presentations

Presentations are linked where available. Where a presentation is not available, find more information by reading the abstract in the Cal-IPC Symposia Archive.

There are no Symposium presentations associated with this species yet.

Other Solanum aviculare Information

  • CalPhotos - Images of plants taken mostly in California.
  • Calflora - Distribution map and records of this species in California.
  • CalWeedMapper - Distribution map of this species in California with ability to determine regional priorities.
  • EDDMapS - Distribution of this species in North America.
  • Jepson Interchange - Information on this plant's taxonomy, biology, and distribution from UC Berkeley's Jepson Herbarium.
  • USDA PLANTS Database - Information on identification and distribution, with links to websites in individual states.
  • Additional photos

    Solanum aviculare_leaves, flower, and fruits_RonVanderhoff
    Solanum aviculare (New Zealand nightshade) leaves, flower, and fruits. Photo: Ron Vanderhoff