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Solanum nigrum

Black nightshade

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Features

  • BloomsJuly to September
  • Height0.5m to 0.6m
  • Spread0.2m to 0.3m
  • Growth HabitIrregular bushy
  • Flower ColourWhite
  • Leaf ColourGreen

Description

Solanum nigrum (Black nightshade). This is a very variable annual with branched stems up to 60cm long, with oval or lance-shaped leaves. Has white flowers and yellow or black berries.

Characteristics

Annual, Deciduous, Semi-evergreen or Evergreen, Shrub or Tree

Origin

Britain

Interest and use

Grown for their flowers and ornamental fruits. Flowers most seasons. Suitable for coastal conditions.

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Needs

  • LightFull sun, Part shade or Shade
  • HardinessHalf hardy (min 0°C)
  • SoilFertile
  • Soil pH5.0 to 8.0
  • WaterSemi-moist or Dry

Cultivation

These warm-climate plants are demanding as they require full sun and rich, well-drained soil. They are poisonous.

Propagation

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

Pests, diseases or disorders

Red spider mite, whitefly and aphids may cause problems.

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