Potato Vine, Purple Devil
Solanum atropurpureum

Family: Solanaceae (so-lan-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Solanum (so-LAN-num) (Info)
Species: atropurpureum (at-ro-pur-PURR-ee-um) (Info)

Category:

Annuals

Tropicals and Tender Perennials

Foliage Color:

Burgundy

Bloom Characteristics:

Unknown - Tell us

Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us

Height:

36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

Spacing:

36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

Hardiness:

USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)

USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)

USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 C (40 F)

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun

Danger:

Parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

Plant has spines or sharp edges; use extreme caution when handling

Bloom Color:

Bright Yellow

Bloom Time:

Late Spring/Early Summer

Mid Summer

Foliage:

Grown for foliage

Herbaceous

Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

Soil pH requirements:

Unknown - Tell us

Patent Information:

Non-patented

Propagation Methods:

From herbaceous stem cuttings

From seed; sow indoors before last frost

Seed Collecting:

Allow unblemished fruit to ripen; clean and dry seeds

Wear gloves to protect hands when handling seeds

Regional

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

Long Beach, California

Salem, Oregon

Austin, Texas

Langley, Washington

Dane, Wisconsin

Gardeners' Notes:

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Positive

On Nov 18, 2009, Spookycharles from Langley, WA (Zone 8b) wrote:

This plant has a lot of personality and is a lot of fun to grow. Large purple spines (on stems and leaf ribs) and dark green leaves beautifully offset the bright orange fruit. While this species will set fruit in cool summer areas, depending on the summer, plants may need to be moved indoors to ripen fruit if you wish to collect seeds. The fruits are strictly ornamental and should not be eaten and the juices inside are irritating to the touch so wear gloves when harvesting seeds.

These plants grow quickly and can be grown as an annual in cold winter areas - they'll easily reach 4 ft in one season. This species grows well in containers and plants can also be brought indoors or into a greenhouse to overwinter, just keep it away from pets and children because the spines are ve... read more