Lanceleaf Nightshade, Kangaroo Apple, Orange-berry Nightshade

Solanum lanceolatum

Family: Solanaceae (so-lan-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Solanum (so-LAN-num) (Info)
Species: lanceolatum (lan-see-oh-LAY-tum) (Info)


Edible Fruits and Nuts


Foliage Color:

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Bloom Characteristics:

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Water Requirements:

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Where to Grow:

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4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)


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USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)

USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)

Sun Exposure:

Sun to Partial Shade


Parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

Bloom Color:


Bloom Time:

Late Spring/Early Summer

Mid Summer

Late Summer/Early Fall



Other details:

May be a noxious weed or invasive

Soil pH requirements:

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Patent Information:


Propagation Methods:

From semi-hardwood cuttings

From seed; sow indoors before last frost

Seed Collecting:

Allow unblemished fruit to ripen; clean and dry seeds

Properly cleaned, seed can be successfully stored


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

Arcata, California

Hayward, California

San Francisco, California

Barbourville, Kentucky

Silver Spring, Maryland

Moorhead, Minnesota

Carlisle, Pennsylvania

Olympia, Washington

Spangle, Washington

Spokane, Washington

Sumner, Washington

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Oct 29, 2012, johndalar from melbourne
Australia wrote:

PLEASE be careful of this plant if you are pregnant.
Australian aborigionals use this plant,(fruit if available or sap if not), to abort unwanted pregnancies.


On Oct 14, 2012, Precious1 from Edmonton
Canada wrote:

The first time I grew this plant, I purchased it as a seedling and I loved it. No special care required other than daily watering if there's no rain. I'm in northern Alberta, and as long as there's sunshine, this plant will florish. The next year I started the plant from seeds, and I can only say that the seeds take an unusually long time to germinate. I did have a few seeds up after 5 days but the majority were 2 - 4 weeks. This plant is huge and gets the gardening conversation going. In my zone, it's only an annual.


On Oct 10, 2010, LucyM from Arcata, CA wrote:

I have been growing this plant since earlier this year and find that it loves growing here in northern california, amongst the redwoods. It doesnt seem to like the sun,grows well with just indirect light. It has fruit all over it right now,turning yellowish orange and starting to fall off. I would so love to know if I can eat them at this stage or not or if I should just leave them alone hearing that they are of the nightshade family. I have cuttings that I am replanting as they only live about five years.


On May 22, 2009, LoriJeske from Spangle, WA wrote:

Grows well in full sun to parrt shade in zone 5a/b. Can get aphids if plant doesn't get enough air space, but nothing a garden hose and a windy day can't resolve. Easy to grow from seed.


On Oct 21, 2006, BayAreaTropics from Hayward, CA wrote:

Fast growing tropical looking shrub that reseeds in the watered yard.Gets gangly and ugly if not pruned to shape.
Kennedys second picture isn't S. lanceolatum,but S. lanciniatum.


On Jul 24, 2005, JefeQuicktech from Moorhead, MN (Zone 4a) wrote:

We've grown it every year for about five years. We collect the seed from the pods (fruits) and let them dry a bit. They give a nice tropical look when placed in containers or next to caster beans and cannas. They do like a lot of water and get ugly very quickly when they wilt.


On Jul 28, 2004, babou123 from vercheres

I bought it at the Montreal Botanical Garden in May, was about 1 foot tall, now at the end of July it is 3 feet tall, and in full bloom, with a lot of "green" fruits. Can be propagated by cuttings of half-ripe wood at the end of August, or by collecting the seeds when the fruits turn yellow.
Not hardy enough to survive our winters, but I will do anything to save it for next spring. It is very lovely and fast growing.


On Feb 18, 2003, kennedyh from Churchill, Victoria
Australia (Zone 10a) wrote:

This plant is also known as Kangaroo Apple. Apple because of the edible fruit. Kangaroo, because the intermediate leaf, can resemble a kangaroo's footprint, having a single leaflet on one side of the main leaf.