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PlantFiles: Garden Huckleberry
Solanum scabrum

Family: Solanaceae (so-lan-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Solanum (so-LAN-num) (Info)
Species: scabrum (SKAY-brum) (Info)

Synonym:Solanum melanocerasum
Synonym:Solanum intrusum
Synonym:Solanum nigrum guineense

16 members have or want this plant for trade.

Edible Fruits and Nuts

36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)
36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

Not Applicable

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun

Parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

Bloom Color:
White/Near White

Bloom Time:
Mid Summer
Late Summer/Early Fall
Mid Fall
Blooms repeatedly


Other details:
This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Soil pH requirements:
Unknown - Tell us

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
From seed; winter sow in vented containers, coldframe or unheated greenhouse

Seed Collecting:
Allow unblemished fruit to ripen; clean and dry seeds
Properly cleaned, seed can be successfully stored

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1 positive
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive flightsfan On Jul 9, 2014, flightsfan from Aloha, OR wrote:

Growing this right now in our garden. Seeds came from family in Africa. Primary use in Africa is as a green vegetable with only the leaves being eaten. Traditionally the berries are not eaten although as noted the ripe berries are edible. Leaves are eaten like you would spinach.

Neutral NatureWalker On Apr 19, 2006, NatureWalker from New York & Terrell, TX (Zone 8b) wrote:

Native to the tropics of western Africa. Sprawling 3-4' branched plants produce hundreds of round ½-¾" shiny black berries in clusters. Best when picked after berries turn from glossy to dull black. Tasteless when raw and unsweetened, but makes delicious mock blueberry pies and preserves. Use about 1 pound of berries to ½ cup of sugar for best flavor. Good for freezing and canning. It is a common misunderstanding that Garden Huckleberries are poisonous. Garden Huckleberries are not poisonous! Even after countless studies have proven their safety, some garden writers still insist that gardeners are being terribly misled. That’s understandable, because tomatoes were formerly thought to be poisonous too! 75-80 days from transplant.


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

Saint Johns, Arizona
Menifee, California
Urbana, Illinois
Anderson, Indiana
Brooklyn, New York
Aloha, Oregon

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