Solanum torvum, Turkeyberry, Devil's Fig

Solanum torvum

Turkeyberry, Devil's Fig
Family: Solanaceae
Origin: Asia
Small plant 2-5 ftSemi-shadeFull sunModerate waterRegular waterWhite, off-white flowersEthnomedical plant.
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Solanum torvum is a small shrub native to Asia, which typically grows 2-5 ft tall. This ethnomedical plant is grown in USDA Zone 9-11 and flourishes in full sun or semi-shade, with regular to moderate water requirements. The plant has white, off-white flowers and clusters of small green fruits (which are used in Thai cuisine) throughout the warmer months.

The root and leaves of Solanum torvum can be used for medicinal purposes, such as to alleviate waist cramp, traumatic injury and gastric pain, as an antitussive and analgesic, and to manage chronic coughs. Furthermore, the extract of Solanum torvum fruit has been identified to have a wide spectrum of antimicrobial activities.

When planting and caring for this small shrub, it is recommended that you to incorporate organic matter, such as compost, into the soil. Solanum torvum can be grown in a pot in cold regions, however the container will need to be moved to a warmer climate during winter. The soil around the roots should be kept moist, as it will require regular watering, however too much water may cause root rot and stunted growth. Additionally, it may be necessary to prune the stems to shape and encourage healthy, and remove any dead or damaged parts of the plant.

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