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This is a showy, evergreen, slender-stemmed vine growing to 20 ft (6 m) and bearing large nodding clusters of violet-blue flowers with yellow stamens in summer. These are followed by small scarlet berries. Very tender to cool weather. Prefers artial shade, especially in afternoon. In tropical climates, use for year-long coverage of arbors, gazebos, and trellises, even the clear trunk of a palm or other tree: anywhere a vine is desirable. The Solanum family is very large, consisting of nearly 1500 species ranging from vegetables like the potato and aubergine, to ornamental shrubs and climbers, plus a number of weeds. Some, as their common name Nightshade suggests, are toxic and need careful handling.
The small edible fruits are red on the outside and yellow inside. It grows inside a husk which burst open when the fruit ripens.
Solanum torvum has clusters of small green fruits that are used in Thai cuisine. The extract of Solanum torvum fruit showed a wide spectrum of antimicrobial activities. Root and leaves for waist cramp, traumatic injury and gastric pain; also as antitussive, amenorrhoea and analgesic. For chronic coughs.
Tenerife Nightshade is a rare endemic of Tenerife. Its' large, bright purplish blue flower with four petals are born in pendulous racemes.
For any rich, well drained, rocky soil.
Fruit is a poisonous globose berry, 0.8-1.2 inch wide, green with darker veins like a miniature watermelon, turning a dull yellow at maturity.
This woody vine has large heads of dark mauve flowers and round yellow fruit. Very ornamental, not invasive, but a fast grower. Thorny.
Excellent variagated, fragrant herb that is ideal in mixed containers and patio planters. Leaves are used for cooking as basil. Great in full sun to part shade. Grows 10-14" tall. Fertilize every 2 weeks with an all-purpose fertilizer for best growth. Keep soil moderately moist. The fresh leaves are used in beef salad in Thailand. A species also is cultivated as a house plant because of its beautiful leaves.
Sollya heterophylla is a moderately vigorous climbing plant whose branches twine around the stems of other plants. The flowers are bell shaped, usually deep blue in color, occurring in clusters of 2 or more.
It is hardy in a range of soils and climates, will tolerate at least moderate frost and can withstand periods of dryness once established.
The crown holds numerous, usually entire, deeply bifid leaves that are dark green above and silvery white to golden below.
In cultivation it is still very rare. It is slow growing and requires a protected spot in the tropical garden with ample moisture.