Kangaroo Apple, New Zealand Nightshade
Solanum aviculare

Family: Solanaceae (so-lan-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Solanum (so-LAN-num) (Info)
Species: aviculare (a-vik-yoo-LAIR-ee) (Info)

Category:

Annuals

Shrubs

Tropicals and Tender Perennials

Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

Unknown - Tell us

Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us

Height:

4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

Spacing:

36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

Hardiness:

USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)

USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)

USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)

USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)

USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 C (40 F)

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun

Danger:

Parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

Bloom Color:

Purple

Bloom Time:

Late Spring/Early Summer

Mid Summer

Foliage:

Evergreen

Shiny/Glossy-Textured

Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

Soil pH requirements:

Unknown - Tell us

Patent Information:

Non-patented

Propagation Methods:

Unknown - Tell us

Seed Collecting:

Unknown - Tell us

Regional

This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

,

Belmont, California

Bellevue, Washington

Gardeners' Notes:

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positive
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RatingContent
Neutral

On Apr 17, 2011, Biarritz from Belmont, CA wrote:

I have a volunteer of this plant that appeared last summer. I'm on the San Francisco Peninsula. I didn't know what it is but left it since the leaves looked interesting. This week (April 16 2011) I noticed the blue flowers and was finally able to determine the species.

Positive

On Jul 8, 2008, in2art from Bellevue, WA (Zone 8a) wrote:

Super fast growing. Purchased a 6" plant in March, by the end of June it's over 4' tall. Growing in a pot on my deck with lots of sun (as much as my Pacific NW yard has to offer). Requires lots of water. I grew this knowing full well it would not be hardy in my area. It is so interesting that I will try to overwinter it indoors - unless it's just too big by the end of the growing season (that is a real possibility). This is a big WOW plant...however, I just realized that it is closely related to nightshade and is likely poisonous, so use caution.