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Solanum rantonnettii

Blue potato bush

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  • Solanum rantonnettii | Copyright Greenplantswap 2020
  • Solanum rantonnettii | Copyright Greenplantswap 2020

Features

  • BloomsMay to November
  • Height0.6m to 1m
  • Spread1m to 2m
  • Growth HabitIrregular bushy
  • Flower ColourDark blue, purple
  • Leaf ColourMid-dark green

Description

Solanum rantonnettii (Blue potato bush). This is a long blooming shrub or scrambling vine for warm-climate gardens. The leaves are simple green and will cover the branches with a long profusion of deep violet-blue flowers borne in late spring and late autumn.

Characteristics

Annual, Perennial or Biennial, Evergreen, Shrub

Origin

Paraguay

Interest and use

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

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Needs

  • LightFull sun
  • HardinessFrost tender (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.

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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