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Solanum laxum 'Album'

Potato vine

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Key information

Plant type

Deciduous climber

Flower colour

White

Feature

Flowers

Hardiness

Tender

Skill level

Beginner

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Plant details

Previously known as Solanum jasminoides 'Album', this variety of potato vine has slightly fragrant, 2.5cm (1in) white flowers, each with a central yellow beak, throughout mid to late summer. Its wiry stems need tying to wires or trellis for support, and bear small, semi-evergreen leaves which are thinner and more delicate-looking than those of Solanum crispum. It is a much more tender plant than the latter, and in areas with cold winters is best grown inside a conservatory. Plants can also be grown in large containers and trained up an obelisk, for standing outside in summer and moving under cover in winter. The Royal Horticultural Society has given it its prestigious Award of Garden Merit (AGM).

Family: Solanaceae

Genus: Solanum

Species: laxum

Cultivar: Album

Plant type: Deciduous climber

Flower colour: White

Foliage colour: Dark green

Feature: Flowers

Sun exposure: Full sun

Soil: Well-drained/light, Dry

Hardiness: Tender

Skill level: Beginner

Height: 600cm

Spread: 180cm


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