Ornamental Eggplant, Easter Egg Plant
Solanum ovigerum

Family: Solanaceae (so-lan-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Solanum (so-LAN-num) (Info)
Species: ovigerum (oh-VEE-ger-um) (Info)

Category:

Annuals

Height:

12-18 in. (30-45 cm)

Spacing:

12-15 in. (30-38 cm)

Hardiness:

Not Applicable

Sun Exposure:

Sun to Partial Shade

Danger:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:

Violet/Lavender

Bloom Time:

Mid Spring

Foliage:

Chartreuse/Yellow

Other details:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Soil pH requirements:

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:

Non-patented

Propagation Methods:

From seed; sow indoors before last frost

Seed Collecting:

Allow unblemished fruit to ripen; clean and dry seeds

Unblemished fruit must be significantly overripe before harvesting seed; clean and dry seeds

Properly cleaned, seed can be successfully stored

Regional

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

Compton, California

Winsted, Connecticut

Englewood, Florida

Gainesville, Florida

Trenton, Florida

Milledgeville, Georgia

Payette, Idaho

Mackinaw, Illinois

Yorkville, Illinois

Hanson, Kentucky

Melbourne, Kentucky

West Monroe, Louisiana

Carriere, Mississippi

Las Vegas, Nevada

Dunellen, New Jersey

Jersey City, New Jersey

West Babylon, New York

Elm City, North Carolina

Raleigh, North Carolina

Canton, Ohio

Cincinnati, Ohio

Dundee, Ohio

Hamilton, Ohio

Lynchburg, Ohio

Turner, Oregon

Clairton, Pennsylvania

Lewistown, Pennsylvania

Conway, South Carolina

Greenville, South Carolina

Cookeville, Tennessee

Gates, Tennessee

Wildersville, Tennessee

Austin, Texas

Liberty Hill, Texas

Kalama, Washington

Cabin Creek, West Virginia

Oostburg, Wisconsin

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Gardeners' Notes:

10
positives
4
neutrals
0
negatives
RatingContent
Positive

On Nov 11, 2013, jrewilmer from Wilmer, TX wrote:

Located in Wilmer, Tx (Dallas) our summer's here can brutal. The egg plant has held up exceptionally well. Kept it well watered during 100 degree temp and it did just fine. It's the middle of November loaded with 13 yellow eggs, 6 white and full of purple blooms. Expecting first frost tonight so I brought it inside to the enclosed patio to see how long I can baby it. With a little luck, can can keep it blooming through most of winter. I'll update as time goes on!

Positive

On Aug 19, 2012, kooger from Oostburg, WI (Zone 5b) wrote:

I grew a number of plants from seed received from Badseed six to seven years ago. Seed germinated well even though it had not been stored well. (months in an unheated garage, months in a hot attic, months in a damp basement)
The plant is now about three feet tall and has over 2 dozen eggs. It's fun to grow! It is planted on the west side of my house so has sun from early afternoon till night.

Positive

On Oct 5, 2010, smurfwv from Cabin Creek, WV (Zone 6a) wrote:

Nice little veggie, this was my first year growing it. Looks like eggs glued to a tree, spider mites and aphids do like this one so pest control is a must. Several folks have said its not edible, however you can eat them, fried, or mixed in with your favorite stir fry mix. Not much of a taste though, but they are supposed to be good for you.

I'm guessing in Canada your summers may not be warm enough, or long enough to grow this one.

Neutral

On Nov 30, 2006, SplitSeed from welland
Canada wrote:

it says there that it grows in the states well I have one here in canada whats with that...........if there is any one who is looking for one please contact me Thelast_young@hotmail.com

Positive

On Oct 20, 2005, Evert from Helsinki
Finland (Zone 4b) wrote:

A cool plant and I am still waiting for the cute white fruits..

Mine started blooming with light purple flowers after I re-potted it and took it in when weather outside started to get colder, but then I noticed it's full of spider mites! >:( I took it to the bathroom, gave it a few good showers with warm and cold water, then took washed it with soap and rinsed well. The sauna was warm - lucky me living in Finland - so I took it there with me :D I let it be there in 90C while enjoying the warmth myself, went outside and came back, the plant had been there for about 10 minutes now. There was a slight smell of clorophyll in the air, so I took the plant back to shower and showered it well. I cut away all the leaves and most of the stem, then let it be in the bathroom for a few... read more

Positive

On Mar 8, 2005, Beamanfamily wrote:

Follow up for last seasons growth....my plant ended up growing to 4 1/2 feet and was continuing to put on flowers and eggs up until we had a frost in December. Even then only the outside bigger leaves were hurt and the smaller inner leaves continued to grow. There were however a very strange "attachment" to the plant. I guess they could be described as scales but they had a 5 sided shape with a whitish/gray/brown outside and in the center of each section was a dark dot of color. When I picked them off the stems, there seemed to be no damage to the plant and the inside of these scales was a green liquid. These scales were not on any other plant in the garden and were in abudance all over the main stem of the easter egg plant. It was easy to knock them off the plant, but I wondered abo... read more

Positive

On Jul 17, 2004, Beaman from Round Rock, TX wrote:

I received baby plants via family from a northern state friend and was curious if it would grow here in Texas. Our summers get very hot and the sun can scorch, but this Eastern Egg Plant has done very well here in central Texas. Happy planting.

Elaine


On Mar 8, 2005, Beamanfamily from Round Rock, TX wrote:

Follow up for last seasons growth....my plant ended up growing to 4 1/2 feet and was continuing to put on flowers and eggs up until we had a frost in December. Even then only the outside bigger leaves were hurt and the smaller inner leaves continued to grow. There were however a very strange "attachment" to the plant. I guess they could be described as scales but they had a 5 sided shape with a whitish/gray/brown outside and in the center o... read more

Positive

On Sep 16, 2003, dragonfly29605 from Greenville, SC wrote:

I live in the northern part of South Carolina.

My mother gave me one of her plants that she bought at a WalMart; it came with a recipe book, but she threw it away. She does remember that was suppose to be used like eggplant in recipes. My plant is about 3 1/2 feet tall with 9 "eggs" on it. I place Miracle Gro fertilizer sticks in the soil once a month. It receives about 2 hours of morning sun then the rest of the day its in shade. Beautiful plant.

Positive

On Jan 28, 2003, btailoring from Stockport, OH (Zone 6b) wrote:

I've been raising these for 4-5 years just as a conversation piece, and it sure works. I plant mine in light shade and they grow fine with plenty of water and plant food about every other week. All the walkers in the neighborhood take a second look when they have eggs hanging on them!lol

Positive

On Sep 24, 2002, SandraWells wrote:

I'm very happy with the outcome of this plant. I started them in pots and moved them from full sun to semi-shade for a month and they grew just fine. Feeding them with plant food once a week seems to produce more blooms.

Positive

On Sep 11, 2002, ArianesGrandma from Yorkville, IL (Zone 5b) wrote:

I think this is a GREAT Plant to have in a Garden or a POT as a Specimen Plant...it's stands ALONE Quit well~.....it's just something different to LOOK at and talk about! ...and I grow them strictly for looks....(I'd heard they are "Inedible" but I can't verify that.) ~
You throw seeds in, sit back and watch them grow...no effort at all! What could be easier??


Growing conditions for white eggplant is very similar to that for the more common purple kinds. May be started from seed and are well adapted to container culture. Problems such as spider mites and wilts also affect white eggplant. Eggplants should be grown during the warm seasons.


Neutral

On Sep 11, 2002, Terry from Murfreesboro, TN (Zone 7a) wrote:

A fact sheet published by the University of Florida's Cooperative Extension Service explains the differences between S. ovigerum (grown as an inedible ornamental plant) and white fruit varieties of S. melongena, which are edible:

Fruit color:
S. ovigerum fruit is white when immature but turn yellow as they mature.

S. melongena fruit remains white at maturity, some with a hint of green.

Fruit size:
S. ovigerum fruit typically remains small, resembling their namesake hen's eggs in size and shape.

S. melongena white varieties grow to typical eggplant size at maturity, significantly larger than the ornamental fruit.

Neutral

On Oct 11, 2001, tiG from Newnan, GA (Zone 8a) wrote:

Ornamental white eggplant is a rather low-growing, branching plant. Stem and leafstalks are green, or very faintly tinged with purple, and bear a few white spines. Leaves are wavy at the edges. Flowers are lilac. The fruit are very white when immature, but turn yellow when ripe. In shape and size, they greatly resemble an ordinary hen's egg. Larger fruiting and dwarf plant forms have been reported.

Growing conditions for white eggplant is very similar to that for the more common purple kinds. May be started from seed and are well adapted to container culture. Problems such as spider mites and wilts also affect white eggplant. Eggplants should be grown during the warm seasons.

Inedible.

Neutral

On Aug 29, 2001, Badseed from Hillsboro, OH (Zone 6a) wrote:

I am finding a lack of information on this plant. I will keep searching. I can add that the eggs are inedible. The plant is a member of the night shade family.