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Solanum scabrum

Solanum scabrum
garden huckleberry
Synonym(s) Solanum melanocerasum
Common name garden huckleberry
Family solanaceae
Life cycle annual
Size 36"
Light sun
From seed germinate at room temperature, or slightly warmer
detailed seed-starting info below

Fruit-bearing plant from western Africa, resembling a pepper in stature and habit, but bearing many dark berries through summer. The berries are supposedly edible (harvested when their color turns dull), but must be cooked and sweetened to be palatable, usable as a blueberry alternative. I don't know if we'll try - I mainly grew it for observation. It certainly isn't among the more attractive solanums - it resembles some of the weedier members of the genus, in its lackluster foliage and its tendency to attract flea beetles that chew holes in the leaves. So unless it's a magnificent blueberry substitute, I'm unlikely to grow it again.

This plant used to grow in our garden, but it slipped away...

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Seed-starting details for this plant

  1. Seed from '09 trade. Baggy 75F (95%G, 3-5d)

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