Solanum tuberosum ‘Shetland Black’


  • Botanical name: Solanum tuberosum 'Shetland Black'
  • Common name: Potato
  • Plant Type: Vegetable

Solanum tuberosum ‘Shetland Black’ is a heritage potato that, as the name suggests, was originally grown in the Shetland Isles. It’s unknown exactly when it was introduced there, but it was added to the National Collection in 1923. The foliage is an attractive dark green and the flowers purple-white.


A second early potato, Solanum tuberosum ‘Shetland Black’ produces lots of small- to medium-sized oval tubers. The new potatoes have a slightly mottled, dark blue/purple skin and are small in comparison with supermarket-bought produce. But they are worth a little extra effort – they are floury in texture and have a delicious flavour, making them excellent for chipping or roasting.

How to grow Solanum 'Shetland Black'

  • Plant size

    80cm height

    80cm spread

  • Aspect

    South facing, west facing

  • Sun exposure: Full sun
  • Hardiness: Tender
  • Soil type: Well drained / light / sandy / clay / heavy / moist / chalky / alkaline

Plant calendar

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Do not Harvest in January

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Do not Harvest in October

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Do not Harvest in December

Solanum 'Shetland Black' and wildlife

Solanum 'Shetland Black' has no particular known value to wildlife in the UK.

Is Solanum 'Shetland Black' poisonous?

Solanum 'Shetland Black' can be toxic.

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Toxic to Cats

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No reported toxicity to:

No reported toxicity to Birds

No reported toxicity to Livestock

No reported toxicity to People