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PlantFiles: Eggplant
Solanum melongena var. esculentum 'Rosa Bianca'

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

3 vendors have this plant for sale.

11 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

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

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4 positives
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive dancingbear27 On Jan 28, 2009, dancingbear27 from Elba, NY (Zone 6a) wrote:

I grew this for the first time last summer. It was the most beautiful eggplant I had ever seen! Perfect plump teardrop shaped body with a white background and streaks of lavender. It looked like someone had painted it. It was just gorgeous. Not the biggest eggplants, mine were about the size of a large grapefruit, but definitely make up for their smaller size in their beauty!

Positive CurtisJones On Feb 8, 2008, CurtisJones from Longmont, CO wrote:

A few notes from your friends at Botanical Interests, Inc.: This Italian heirloom eggplant is almost too pretty to eat! The round teardrop-shaped fruit has lavender-rose skin with white streaks, and the flesh has incredible taste. With its delicate flavor and meaty texture, it is the perfect eggplant for stuffing, making eggplant parmesan, or any recipe that calls for eggplant - it is a favorite of gourmet chefs! You will also enjoy the beauty of the lavender blossoms before they turn into fruit. This packet plants 28 plants after thinning. When to plant outside: Spring, after average last frost and when soil temperatures are at least 55 degrees F. Outdoor temperatures should be at least 55 degrees at night. Some gardeners plant eggplant when “the oak leaves are fully developed”. The early season use of black plastic as mulch is highly recommended to increase the soil temperature, but make sure it is taken off later in the season. When to start inside: RECOMMENDED. 8-12 weeks before the average last frost. To germinate quickly, seed requires VERY warm soil temperatures, between 80 and 90 degrees F. Either use a heating cable or cover the seed tray with a plastic bag to contain warmth. Transplant seedlings outside 1 to 2 weeks after last frost.

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

Italian heirloom; beautiful fruits are prized by chefs. Very meaty 4-6" round fruits, mild flavor and almost never bitter.

Positive jbl On Feb 3, 2006, jbl from Wonder Lake, IL wrote:

I love eggplant, thus try new varieties every year. However, I keep coming back to this one, and at the end of the season, wish I hadn't wasted space in my garden on any other variety. The beautiful large fruits have a fabulous flavor and are never bitter. Not the earliest to mature, but well worth the wait. I will still try a new type this year - hope I pick a good one!

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

This is a very pretty fruit. Pink and white. It is slightly smaller than Black Beauty but growth habit is very similar. It is not as tasty as the oriental types but holds its own with the Florida types.


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

Santa Clara, California
West Sacramento, California
Longmont, Colorado
Monticello, Florida
Augusta, Georgia
Mililani, Hawaii
Wahiawa, Hawaii
Wonder Lake, Illinois
Albuquerque, New Mexico
Los Alamos, New Mexico
Elba, New York
Austin, Texas
Fort Worth, Texas
Georgetown, Texas
Liberty Hill, Texas

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