Solanum crispum 'Glasnevin'

Solanum crispum 'Glasnevin'

Potato vine

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Key Information

  • Botanical name: Solanum crispum 'Glasnevin'
  • Common name: Potato vine
  • Plant type: Climber
  • Evergreen/Deciduous: Evergreen

Height: 6m

Spread: 1.8m

Flower colour:
  • Purple
Foliage colour:
  • Green
  • Features: Flowers

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The Chilean potato vine, Solanum crispum, is just the thing to give a sunny wall an exotic look. It has wiry stems, which need tying up to wires or trellis for support, clad in small semi-evergreen leaves which remain on the plant in all but bad winters. The potato-like flowers, each with lilac petals around a pointed yellow centre, appear continuously from mid-summer to mid-autumn.

Solanum crispum 'Glasnevin' flowers more prolifically, and is hardier than other species. Grow in moist but well-drained soil. To propagate, take cuttings from summer to early autumn. The Royal Horticultural Society has given it its prestigious Award of Garden Merit (AGM).

Position

  • Sun exposure: Full sun
  • Aspect: South facing, West facing
  • Position in border: Back
  • Hardiness: Half hardy
  • Maintenance: Prefers rich soil
  • Soil type: Well drained/light/sandy, Clay/heavy/moist, Chalky/alkaline

Wildlife

Attracts:
  • Bees

  • Beneficial insects

  • Birds

  • Butterflies / Moths

  • Other pollinators

Care routine

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Toxicity

Toxic to:
  • People

  • Cats

  • Dogs

  • Birds

  • Horses

  • Livestock

  • Effects: Harmful if ingested

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