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Solanum crispum

Chilean potato tree

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Features

  • BloomsJune to October
  • Height4m to 6m
  • Growth HabitClimbing
  • Flower ColourPurple-blue
  • Leaf ColourDark green

Description

Solanum crispum (Chilean potato tree). This is an evergreen or semi-evergreen scrambling climber which will grow to about 6m. It will produce undulating oval or heart-shaped leaves, about 10cm long which have fine hairs. The heads of lilac-blue, fragrant flowers are followed by white, 6mm fruits.

Characteristics

Annual, Perennial or Biennial, Semi-evergreen or Evergreen, Fragrant

Origin

Peru, Chile

Interest and use

Wall or trellis

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Needs

  • LightFull sun
  • HardinessFrost hardy (min -5°C)
  • SoilWell drained, Rich
  • Soil pH4.5 to 6.0
  • WaterSemi-moist

Cultivation

These warm-climate plants are demanding as they require full sun and rich, well-drained soil. You can propagate by seeds in the spring or by semi-ripe cuttings in the summer. They will need staking.

Propagation

You can propagate by seeds in the spring or by semi-ripe cuttings in the summer.

Pests, diseases or disorders

They are prone to attack by spider mite, whitefly and aphids.

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