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PlantFiles: Eggplant
Solanum melongena var. esculentum 'Dourga'

Family: Solanaceae (so-lan-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Solanum (so-LAN-num) (Info)
Species: melongena var. esculentum
Cultivar: Dourga
Additional cultivar information: (aka Casper)

3 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:

Bloom Time:
Mid Spring
Late Spring/Early Summer


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

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:
N/A: plant does not set seed, flowers are sterile, or plants will not come true from seed

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No positives
3 neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Neutral learnandgrow12 On Sep 14, 2011, learnandgrow12 from Aurora, CO wrote:

Very beautiful plant, but as another has commented, not a high yielding cultivar. Fruits taste wonderful and look unique. Worth growing because it does not take up a lot of space, is ornamental, and tastes good. I bought the seeds with the name casper, but found the plant on here as 'Dourga.' I will grow it again even though it does not yield many fruits. In my garden it was 1ft tall and produced 4 four inch long fruits per plant.

Neutral berrygirl On Feb 27, 2007, berrygirl from Braselton, GA (Zone 7b) wrote:

A white variety for fresh eating in the early summer. Compact plants produce snow-white 6" by 2" diameter fruits with mild flesh. Peeling is not necessary if eaten when small. 70 days from transplant.

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

This eggplant grew here but productivity was low. Taste wasn't as good as the oriental types and once picked tended to shrivel much quicker than other types. I was not impressed with this cultivar.


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

Aurora, Colorado
Augusta, Georgia
Los Alamos, New Mexico

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