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PlantFiles: False Jerusalem Cherry
Solanum capsicastrum

Family: Solanaceae (so-lan-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Solanum (so-LAN-num) (Info)
Species: capsicastrum (kap-sih-KAS-trum) (Info)

Tropicals and Tender Perennials

18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

9-12 in. (22-30 cm)

USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)
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:
Sun to Partial Shade
Light Shade

Seed is poisonous if ingested
Parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

Bloom Color:
White/Near White

Bloom Time:
Late Spring/Early Summer


Other details:
This plant is suitable for growing indoors
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Soil pH requirements:
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
From seed; sow indoors before last frost
From seed; direct sow after last frost
From seed; germinate in a damp paper towel

Seed Collecting:
Allow pods to dry on plant; break open to collect seeds
Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds
Remove fleshy coating on seeds before storing
Properly cleaned, seed can be successfully stored

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1 positive
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive JerusalemCherry On Nov 4, 2004, JerusalemCherry from Dunellen, NJ (Zone 6b) wrote:

False Jerusalem Cherry in cultivation is widely offered/available. When you go to a plant store you would have no idea which type you are purchasing, unless it was tagged either Solanum capsicastrum or Solanum Pseudocapsicum. Keep in mind, either one would be sold under Jerusalem Cherry. This plant has many varieties available in cultivation.

I have read in many plant books, that in nature False Jerusalem Cherry (Capsicastrum) is a more grayish plant & the bark is less smooth. It also has been said False JCs berries are less colorful in nature. Because of hybridization & the many varieties available, I personally never have seen the difference between the two types in cultivation.

Look under the standard Jerusalem Cherry on this website, there is some great info & care listed for this plant.


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

Brooklyn, New York
Rock Hill, South Carolina
Sumter, South Carolina

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