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Solanum sisymbriifolium

Solanum sisymbriifolium

Common name sticky nightshade; wild tomato; litchi tomato
Family solanaceae
Life cycle annual
Flowers powder blue-white
Size 3'
From seed germinate at room temperature
detailed seed-starting info below

Generally classified as a weed - we'll judge for ourselves. I have a soft spot for spiny solanums, so growing this at least once was imperative. This one is fast-growing - blooming in mid-May, with crinkly white flowers.

sticky nightshade; wild tomato; litchi tomato
Developing spiny fruits
Solanum sisymbriifolium
When the husks first open, the fruits are yellow...
sticky nightshade; wild tomato; litchi tomato
...and then quickly turn red.
Solanum sisymbriifolium
Surprisingly cold-tolerant – on this late-November day, the wild tomato was by far the greenest player in its garden area.

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

Read about the other spiny solanums in our garden

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Seed-starting details for this plant

  1. Seed from '02 trade. Baggy 70F with light (90+%G, 6d)
  2. Same seed as above. Baggy 70F (67%G, 4-9d)
  3. Seed from '07 trade. Baggy 70F (10d) - 75F (30%G, 1-3d)

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