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PlantFiles: Large Kangaroo-apple
Solanum laciniatum

Family: Solanaceae (so-lan-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Solanum (so-LAN-num) (Info)
Species: laciniatum (la-sin-ee-AY-tum) (Info)

7 members have or want this plant for trade.


4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)
6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)
8-10 ft. (2.4-3 m)

15-18 in. (38-45 cm)

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:
Sun to Partial Shade
Light Shade
Partial to Full Shade

All parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

Bloom Color:

Bloom Time:
Mid Spring
Late Spring/Early Summer


Other details:
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Soil pH requirements:
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Propagation Methods:
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Seed Collecting:
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3 positives
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Gardeners' Notes:

Positive afarhang On Oct 28, 2013, afarhang wrote:

Precipitation: 600 to 700 mm/year.
need 1000 to 1500 h Light in growth stage
Suitable temperature for germination: 20 to 25 degrees of centigrade.
Best harvested time: when shrub is on 70-80 centimeter height.

Positive willow53 On Aug 13, 2007, willow53 from London
United Kingdom wrote:

This plant found it's own way into my garden four years ago. It grew quickly, strongly and beautifully to about ten feet tall. Unfortunately, it barred my way into my shed so I had to cut it down. This year(2007) I have a profusion of new plants growing from the dropped fruits... so, it is easily germinated, self seeding, likes quite a lot of water, fast growing, not too much direct sunlight and beautiful to look at. I live in south east London, England and have completely fallen in love with it.!

Positive kennedyh On Mar 11, 2006, kennedyh from Churchill, Victoria
Australia (Zone 10a) wrote:

The name Kangaroo-apple given to this plant suggests that the fruit might be eaten by kangaroos. This is not the case, the name actually relates to the shape of the leaves. On a young plant, the leaves are unbranched, but eventually develop multiple broad pinnae. There is an intermediate stage, where some of the leavess have a single branch pinna on one side only. This leaf shape then resembles a kangaroo's footprint, which has one long toe and one slighly shorter toe beside it. This naming system is shared with the Kangaroo Fern - Microsorum pustulatum, whose fronds go through the same succession of shapes.
This Kangaroo-apple is widespread, but not common in my area of Victoria in Australia, often growing in rocky areas. The ripe berries are yellow to deep orange and were eaten by the local Aboriginal people, the Ganai, though only when fully ripened. The very similar Solanum aviculare, is much commoner, but the fruit were considered too poisonous to eat.


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

, (2 reports)
San Leandro, California
Murrells Inlet, South Carolina
Bellevue, Washington
Seattle, Washington
Sumner, Washington

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