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PlantFiles: Eggplant
Solanum melongena var. esculentum 'Long Purple'

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

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4 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:
White/Near White

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:
Unblemished fruit must be significantly overripe before harvesting seed; clean and dry seeds
N/A: plant does not set seed, flowers are sterile, or plants will not come true from seed


1 positive
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive foodiesleuth On Aug 24, 2004, foodiesleuth from Honomu, HI (Zone 11) wrote:

We call these Japanese eggplants. They do quite well in our wet climate.

I like to slice them on their long sides, marinate in Italian salad dressing or an oil and herb blend and grill them. I serve them on a bed of mesclum with a scoop of locally made herbed chévre (soft goat cheese)....YUM!

Neutral Farmerdill On Aug 22, 2004, Farmerdill from Augusta, GA (Zone 8a) wrote:

80 days — Italian-type. 24 to 30 inch plants produce four or more fruits that are dark purple, 2-1/2 inches in diameter and 8 to 10 inches in length.

Ther are two types with this name. The Japanese version is a hybrid reddish purple 12 x 2 inches available from AgroHaitai.


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

Honomu, Hawaii
Clarksville, Indiana

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