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PlantFiles: Eggplant
Solanum melongena var. esculentum 'Black Beauty'

Family: Solanaceae (so-lan-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Solanum (so-LAN-num) (Info)
Species: melongena var. esculentum
Cultivar: Black Beauty

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32 members have or want this plant for trade.


24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

Not Applicable

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun

Parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

Bloom Color:
Magenta (Pink-Purple)

Bloom Time:
Mid Spring
Late Spring/Early Summer


Other details:
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
Suitable for growing in containers

Soil pH requirements:
5.1 to 5.5 (strongly acidic)
5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
From seed; sow indoors before last frost

Seed Collecting:
Allow unblemished fruit to ripen; clean and dry seeds
N/A: plant does not set seed, flowers are sterile, or plants will not come true from seed

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6 positives
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive locakelly On Jun 11, 2010, locakelly from Phoenix, AZ (Zone 9a) wrote:

I grow this every year in my garden. It is a reliable producer for me and sets fruit until frost. I had eggplant last year at Christmas as we really never got cold here!

Positive grrrlgeek On Sep 26, 2009, grrrlgeek from Grayslake, IL (Zone 5a) wrote:

I grew this years ago in a large pot on south facing a balcony and it did wonderfully. Beautiful fruits for parmesean.

Positive Laflora On May 13, 2009, Laflora from DeLand, FL (Zone 9b) wrote:

This is my standby, never-fail eggplant. Last year one plant continued producing right into winter -- although production was slow at that point. The plant survived 40s temperatures (that's winter for us here) and didn't die until a rare hard freeze hit the area. I have tried other eggplants but always go back to this one.

Positive Breezymeadow On Apr 21, 2005, Breezymeadow from Culpeper, VA (Zone 7a) wrote:

"The" standard eggplant. Large glossy oval fruit that make excellent "boats" for stuffing, as well as providing perfect-size slices for parmagians & lasagnas.

While the plants may require staking when grown traditionally, I grow these fairly close together in wide-row raised beds where they manage to support each other without staking. This also shades the soil which prevents weed growth. I also keep the plants covered with floating row covers until pollination time to deter flea beetle infestation which appears to be the only pest that bothers eggplant in my garden.

With this variety moreso than others it is extremely important to harvest the fruit at the correct stage. If picked too young/small, the flesh is tough & sometimes bitter; if picked past it's prime (over large, dull, soft, rather than glossy skin), the fruit becomes overly seedy.

Positive IslandJim On Apr 20, 2005, IslandJim from Keizer, OR (Zone 8b) wrote:

I also prefer the Asian and Indian eggplants for flavor and texture. But Ms Fatma, who is Turkish and makes dolmas, prefers this heirloom variety. Since I like Ms Fatma and her dolmas, this is the variety I grow.

Positive Farmerdill On Jan 12, 2004, Farmerdill from Augusta, GA (Zone 8a) wrote:

Black Beauty is the standard open pollinated Egg Plant. Large glossy black eggs on a large plant that requires staking. I much prefer the flavor of oriental eggplants, but this one is vigorous and productive. Some folks prefer this type so I still grow it.


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

Gilbert, Arizona
Phoenix, Arizona
Jonesboro, Arkansas
Clovis, California
Oceanside, California
Redwood City, California
Sun City, California
Bradley, Florida
Brooksville, Florida
Deland, Florida
Hollywood, Florida
Saint Augustine, Florida
Venice, Florida
Augusta, Georgia
Paia, Hawaii
Divernon, Illinois
Glen Ellyn, Illinois
Hinsdale, Illinois
Ft Mitchell, Kentucky
Deridder, Louisiana
Jeanerette, Louisiana
Lake Charles, Louisiana
Takoma Park, Maryland
Saint Cloud, Minnesota
Lucedale, Mississippi
Mathiston, Mississippi
Aurora, Missouri
Marshall, Missouri
Bridgewater, New Jersey
Trenton, New Jersey
New Bern, North Carolina
Tipp City, Ohio
Hulbert, Oklahoma
Kellyville, Oklahoma
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Nashville, Tennessee
San Antonio, Texas
American Fork, Utah
Radford, Virginia
Troy, Virginia
Charleston, West Virginia
Sheboygan, Wisconsin

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