SOLANUM

Commonly known as Blue potato bush, Paraguay nightshade

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Genus of about 1400 species of annuals, herbaceous perennials, and evergreen, semi-evergreen and deciduous shrubs, trees and twining climbers from a worldwide range of habitats. Includes the potato, tomato and aubergine familes.

Natives comprise the 2 nightshades S. dulcamara, woody nightshade or bittersweet and S. nigrum, black nightshade. Atropa belladonna, deadly nightshade, although in the same family is a different, distinct plant.

Further Reading....

  • Evergreen
    Ovate to lance-shaped, often wavy-margined, smooth, mid- to deep-green leaves 6-10cm (2½in) long
  • Blue
    Blue purple
  • Height
    2m (6½ft)
  • Spread
    2m (6½ft)
  • Medium shrub Typically grow to around 4-6 feet in height
    Lax shrub, usually many-branched when mature. Produces axillary clusters to 6cm (2½in) across of 2-5 shallowly trumpet-shaped, flowers1-2.5cm (½-1in) across followed by ovoid red fruit 2.5cm (1in) long.
  • Half hardy - unheated greenhouse / mild winter Hardy in coastal and relatively mild parts of the UK except in severe winters and a risk from sudden (early) frosts. May be hardy elsewhere with wall shelter or good micro-climate. Likely to be damaged or killed in cold winters. Plant can withstand temperatures down to -5°C (23°F)
  • Full sun
  • Caution, toxic if eaten Do not eat these plants.
  • Additional Features
    Pests & Diseases - under glass - aphids, red spider mite, tomato spotted wilt, grey mould.
  • Place of origin
    Paraguay, Argentina
  • Resistant to honey fungus - These plants have little or few problems with honey fungus.
  • Hardiness
    Frost hardy (down to -5)
  • Pruning group
    Pruning group 8
    Suitable for: Wall trained shrubs and less vigorous climbers.
    Action: For climbers 'spur prune' by cutting back 3-4 buds of the permanent framework. For wall trained shrubs cut back flowered shoots to within 2-4 buds of permanent framework.
    When: Annually after flowers if on previous year's growth, or in late Winter or Spring if on current year's growth.

    RHS group 12 & 13
  • Seasonal Interest
    Autumn
  • Summer
  • Soil Conditions
    Fertile well drained soil
  • Neutral to alkaline soil
Solanum - Growing Guide
2m (6½ft)
Medium Shrub - guide for size not form Average Person
  2m (6½ft)
 

Buy Varieties of SOLANUM

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SOLANUM crispum 'Glasnevin'

SOLANUM crispum 'Glasnevin'

Chilean potato tree

hardy and quick growing wall shrub, flowers violet-blue

 
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SOLANUM jasminoides

SOLANUM jasminoides

Jasmine nightshade, Potato vine

(syn. S.laxum) - pale lilac jasmine-like flowers

 
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SOLANUM jasminoides 'Album'

SOLANUM jasminoides 'Album'

Jasmine nightshade, Potato vine

Pure white form

 
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