Tomato 'Indian Stripe'

Lycopersicon lycopersicum

Family: Solanaceae (so-lan-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Lycopersicon (ly-koh-PER-see-kon) (Info)
Species: lycopersicum (ly-koh-PER-see-kum) (Info)
Cultivar: Indian Stripe
Additional cultivar information:(aka Indian Zebra)
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6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)


18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun


Parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

Seed Collecting:

Allow unblemished fruit to ripen; clean and dry seeds

Ferment seeds before storing

Growing Habit:


Fruit Shape:


Fruit Size:

Medium (under one pound)

Days to Maturity:

Late (more than 80 days)

Fruit Colors:



Seed Type:



Fresh, salad

Fresh, slicing

Disease Resistance:

Unknown - Tell us

Leaf Type:

Regular Leaf

Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

Unknown - Tell us

Water Requirements:

Unknown - Tell us

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us


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

Mountain View, California

Oceanside, California

San Luis Obispo, California

Elgin, Texas

Liberty Hill, Texas

San Marcos, Texas

University Place, Washington

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Jan 12, 2011, jwr6404 from University Place, WA wrote:

I have grown this variety along with the Cherokee Purple and consider the productivity of the Indian Stripe to be superior. IMO the taste is quite similar.


On Jul 31, 2010, SLO_Garden from San Luis Obispo, CA wrote:

Indian Stripe is very similar to Cherokee Purple. Mine didn't have any discernable striping. Like CP, it has excellent rich flavor, good yield, and good disease resistance. Nothing wrong with it that I can see. The plant is fairly compact and produces mid-season. I've always liked CP, so I would definitely grow Indian Stripe again.


On Oct 8, 2008, pennyrile from Evansville, IN (Zone 6b) wrote:

This tomato was grown for many years and up to 2006 by Clyde Burson, Sr. of Strong, Arkansas, about 15 miles or so north of the Louisiana border on U.S. Rte 82. When Mrs. Burson passed away May 20, 2007, Clyde stopped gardening and now lives in retirement in Eldorado, Arkansas. God bless and watch over Clyde Burson, Sr.

Clyde grew several other varieties of tomato in his south Arkansas garden including Better Boy, Creole and Bradley, along with other vegetables he enjoyed growing and canning. But this particular variety was his favorite tomato and he called it Indian Zebra.

Clyde Burson, Sr. now is 85 years old and cannot remember exactly where he got the seeds for Indian Zebra ... just that he grew it for many many years and saved the seeds in carefully marke... read more


On Apr 1, 2006, Suze_ from (Zone 7b) wrote:

Dusky pink fruits w/purple tinge, sometimes can have faint striping (I don't get the striping in my garden), very similar to Cherokee Purple, slightly smaller fruits and more to a cluster -- it is felt by many that this is a strain of CP that developed separately from the strain originally obtained from JD Green of TN.

Shared by Donna Nelson with Carolyn Male, Donna found this growing in the garden of a neighbor in S. Cent AR (Clyde Burson).

Outstanding flavor, and seems to be more productive for me than CP, time will tell. I need to grow both of the two in the same season to be sure.


On Nov 24, 2005, Farmerdill from Augusta, GA (Zone 8a) wrote:

A variation of the Cherokee Purple.