Solanum laxum 'Album'. Photo by Paul Debois.

Solanum laxum 'Album'

Potato vine

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Key Information

  • Botanical name: Solanum laxum 'Album'
  • Common name: Potato vine
  • Plant type: Climber

Height: 6m

Spread: 1.8m

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

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The potato vine Solanum laxum 'Album' has slightly fragrant, white flowers, each with a central yellow beak, throughout mid to late summer. Like its relative Solanum crispum, its wiry stems need tying to wires or trellis for support, but its small, semi-evergreen leaves are thinner and more delicate-looking, and it's far less hardy. The Royal Horticultural Society has given it its prestigious Award of Garden Merit (AGM).

Grow Solanum laxum 'Album' in moist but well-drained soil in a sheltered, sunny site, ideally in front of a south- or west-facing wall. Alternatively, grow it in pots, trained up an obelisk, which you can move indoors in autumn. It can also be grown as a conservatory or houseplant.

Position

  • Sun exposure: Full sun
  • Aspect: South facing, West facing
  • Position in border: Back
  • Hardiness: Tender
  • Maintenance: Prefers rich soil
  • Soil type: Well drained/light/sandy

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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