Eggplant 'Black Beauty'

Solanum melongena var. esculentum

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




Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun



Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us


24-36 in. (60-90 cm)


24-36 in. (60-90 cm)


Not Applicable

Where to Grow:

Can be grown as an annual


Parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

Bloom Color:


Magenta (pink-purple)


Bloom Characteristics:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Size:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Time:

Mid Spring

Late Spring/Early Summer

Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

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:

Allow unblemished fruit to ripen; clean and dry seeds

N/A: plant does not set seed, flowers are sterile, or plants will not come true from seed


This plant is said to grow outdoors in the following regions:

Gilbert, Arizona

Phoenix, Arizona

Jonesboro, Arkansas

Clovis, California

Oceanside, California

Redwood City, California

Sun City, California

Bradley, Florida

Brooksville, Florida

Deland, Florida

Hollywood, Florida

Saint Augustine, Florida

Venice, Florida

Augusta, Georgia

Paia, Hawaii

Divernon, Illinois

Glen Ellyn, Illinois

Hinsdale, Illinois

Ft Mitchell, Kentucky

Deridder, Louisiana

Jeanerette, Louisiana

Lake Charles, Louisiana

Takoma Park, Maryland

Saint Cloud, Minnesota

Lucedale, Mississippi

Mathiston, Mississippi

Aurora, Missouri

Marshall, Missouri

Bridgewater, New Jersey

Trenton, New Jersey

New Bern, North Carolina

Tipp City, Ohio

Hulbert, Oklahoma

Kellyville, Oklahoma

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Nashville, Tennessee

San Antonio, Texas

American Fork, Utah

Radford, Virginia

Troy, Virginia

Charleston, West Virginia

Sheboygan, Wisconsin

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Jun 11, 2010, locakelly from Phoenix, AZ (Zone 9a) wrote:

I grow this every year in my garden. It is a reliable producer for me and sets fruit until frost. I had eggplant last year at Christmas as we really never got cold here!


On Sep 26, 2009, grrrlgeek from Grayslake, IL (Zone 5a) wrote:

I grew this years ago in a large pot on south facing a balcony and it did wonderfully. Beautiful fruits for parmesean.


On May 13, 2009, Laflora from DeLand, FL (Zone 9b) wrote:

This is my standby, never-fail eggplant. Last year one plant continued producing right into winter -- although production was slow at that point. The plant survived 40s temperatures (that's winter for us here) and didn't die until a rare hard freeze hit the area. I have tried other eggplants but always go back to this one.


On Apr 21, 2005, Breezymeadow from Culpeper, VA (Zone 7a) wrote:

"The" standard eggplant. Large glossy oval fruit that make excellent "boats" for stuffing, as well as providing perfect-size slices for parmagians & lasagnas.

While the plants may require staking when grown traditionally, I grow these fairly close together in wide-row raised beds where they manage to support each other without staking. This also shades the soil which prevents weed growth. I also keep the plants covered with floating row covers until pollination time to deter flea beetle infestation which appears to be the only pest that bothers eggplant in my garden.

With this variety moreso than others it is extremely important to harvest the fruit at the correct stage. If picked too young/small, the flesh is tough & sometimes bitter; if picked past it's ... read more


On Apr 20, 2005, IslandJim from Keizer, OR (Zone 8b) wrote:

I also prefer the Asian and Indian eggplants for flavor and texture. But Ms Fatma, who is Turkish and makes dolmas, prefers this heirloom variety. Since I like Ms Fatma and her dolmas, this is the variety I grow.


On Jan 12, 2004, Farmerdill from Augusta, GA (Zone 8a) wrote:

Black Beauty is the standard open pollinated Egg Plant. Large glossy black eggs on a large plant that requires staking. I much prefer the flavor of oriental eggplants, but this one is vigorous and productive. Some folks prefer this type so I still grow it.