Wolf Apple

Solanum lycocarpum

Family: Solanaceae (so-lan-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Solanum (so-LAN-num) (Info)
Species: lycocarpum (lee-koh-KAR-pum) (Info)

Category:

Shrubs

Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun

Foliage:

Evergreen

Succulent

Foliage Color:

Bronze

Height:

4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)

8-10 ft. (2.4-3 m)

Spacing:

Unknown - Tell us

Hardiness:

Unknown - Tell us

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us

Danger:

Parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

Bloom Color:

Dark Blue

Bloom Characteristics:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Size:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Time:

Late Winter/Early Spring

Late Fall/Early Winter

Mid Winter

Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

Soil pH requirements:

Unknown - Tell us

Patent Information:

Non-patented

Propagation Methods:

Unknown - Tell us

Seed Collecting:

Remove fleshy coating on seeds before storing

Allow unblemished fruit to ripen; clean and dry seeds

Ferment seeds before storing

Properly cleaned, seed can be successfully stored

Regional

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

San Antonio, Texas

Gardeners' Notes:

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On Sep 13, 2003, Monocromatico from Rio de Janeiro,
Brazil (Zone 11) wrote:

This is a shrub from the central brazilian savannas. It´s called Wolf Apple (or Fruito for Wolves, or many other variations) because the Guará wolves, native from that region, eats the fruits (big green tomato-like - not an apple, actually) and expels the seeds, that germinates due to the organic matter in the wolf´s excrements.

This is a medium shrub, between 1,5 to 3m tall, with leaves covered with white hairs, making them look grey. The flowers are star shaped, blue with yellow stamens. The fruits are like big tomatos, light green. I don´t know if they are edible for us, but many scientific researches are being made about the medicinal properties of this plant.

It likes deep red clay soils with, somewhat moist. Water it regularly, but less during winter to ... read more

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