North and south California, and southwest Oregon
Dry chaparral, woodland, coastal areas, canyons, below 6,500 feet
Elliptic to lanceolate, up to 2.5 inches long
Flowers of solanum parishii are typical of this genus; a five-lobed corolla, about one inch in diameter, which when fully open bends back below the plane, exposing a yellow center of fused, elongated, yellow anthers, supported by short green filaments. A white style extends through the middle, terminating in a greenish stigma. The corolla is usually purple but can also be white. The bases of the corolla lobes are light green or whitish, with a darker green patch in the middle. The corolla tube is supported by a five-lobed, bell-shaped calyx, which is green to purple in color, similar to the short stalks below.
Plants are shrub-like, growing up to 3 feet tall, and freely-branching. Leaves and stems usually have a sparse covering of very short hairs. Leaf edges are entire but can be somewhat wavy. Stems are ridged.