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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.
Solanum vespertilio, commonly known as the Tenerife Nightshade, is a woody shrub with a remarkable appearance and striking flower. This small shrub grows anywhere from two to five feet tall, producing beautiful foliage and long racemes of showy, four petal flowers in shades of blue, lavender and purples. It blooms in late spring and into early summer.
In its native habitat in Tenerife, Canary Islands, the Tenerife Nightshade requires full sun and only moderate watering, so it will thrive in many different parts of the world. When grown in more temperate climates, this plant is more tolerant of semi-shade.
Tenerife Nightshade is a great addition to any garden thanks to its beauty and attraction to butterflies and hummingbirds. Though it is poisonous or toxic, it can be safely enjoyed in many gardens when kept away from curious children and/or pets.
This species of nightshade is also one of the most reliable when it comes to surviving lower cold snaps. As long as your mature Tenerife Nightshade is placed in an area that is well-drained, with some protection from harsh winter winds, and appropriately mulched in the fall, it should withstand temperatures as low as the 30s F for a short time.
When planted in a pot in cold regions, it is still important to ensure that your Tenerife Nightshade gets enough sun and does not stay overly wet, as this can lead to root rot. Additionally, pruning and regular deadheading can help keep the shrub looking neat and healthy as well as help prevent unwanted spreading. During the winter, covering your potted shrub with something like a sheet or blanket, if temperatures drop too low, can potentially save your nightshade from death.
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.
The Solenostemon amboinicus, or Allspice as it is commonly known, is a groundcover and low-growing plant native to tropical America. This ornamental foliage is arguably one of the most fragrant with its spicy accents, making it popular for culinary purposes. Growing to a height of about 2 feet, the Allspice prefers semi-shade and moderate water and is ideal for mixed containers and patio planters. It is often used in Thai beef salad and is used to give various Cajun and Creole dishes a unique flavor.
The Allspice can flourish in USDA zones 9-11. Soil should remain moderately moist, and the plant should be placed in an area that receives a combination of full sun and partial shade. It can also be grown as a houseplant because of its attractive foliage and bright green stems.
In colder climates, the Allspice can be grown in pots and other containers. To ensure their best growth, the soil should be well-drained, light and nutrient-rich. During the winter, the plants should be kept in protected areas, such as a greenhouse or cold frame. The containers should be moved to an area of the house that receives plenty of indirect light and be watered regularly.
Sollya heterophylla is a slender vine or creeper native to Australia. It can grow anywhere from a small shrub, 2-5 feet tall, to a long, trailing vine reaching up to 20 feet in length. It thrives in full sun to semi-shade, and requires moderate water in order to maintain its lush foliage.
The showy blooms of Sollya heterophylla are a delight to behold during the warmer months. Each flower is bell-shaped and can be found in a variety of colors, ranging from deep-pink to white and off-white, blue, lavender, and purple. During the fall, the flowers are replaced by small, black berries.
Sollya heterophylla is a hardy plant, capable of surviving in both hot and cold climates. It will mature in USDA Zones 9-11, and is cold hardy to at least the lower 30s F for a short time. For those growing Sollya heterophylla in colder climates, it is best to keep it in a pot and bring it indoors during periods of extreme cold. In the pot, ensure that the soil is well-drained and the plant is watered regularly.
Overall, Sollya heterophylla is an ideal choice for those looking to add a unique and colorful touch to their landscape. With its showy flowers and hardy nature, it's sure to be a beautiful addition to yards and gardens of all sizes.
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.
The tree is usually found in tidal river-banks and creeks with mud banks.
Flowers large (10cm diameter) with petals narrow and dark red, and many long white stamens that are pink at the base, forming a powder-puff shape. Flowers only open for one night and have an offensive smell. The fruit is large, about 4 cm across, green, leathery berries with a star-shaped base. When ripe, the fruits are eaten raw or cooked.