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Glasnevin Chilean Potato Bush flowers
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Solanum crispum / Glasnevin Chilean Potato Bush

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Height:  12 feet

Spread:  5 feet

Sunlight:  full sun 

Hardiness Zone:  7b

Description:

An exceptional, hardy climbing shrub offering intense violet-blue flowers with bright yellow centers from spring until fall; can be grown free standing or supported to climb fences or trellises; also great in containers

Ornamental Features

Glasnevin Chilean Potato Bush is blanketed in stunning clusters of violet star-shaped flowers with blue overtones and yellow eyes at the ends of the branches from mid spring to mid fall. It has green foliage. The narrow leaves remain green throughout the winter. The fruit is not ornamentally significant.

Landscape Attributes

Glasnevin Chilean Potato Bush is a multi-stemmed evergreen woody vine with a twining and trailing habit of growth. Its average texture blends into the landscape, but can be balanced by one or two finer or coarser trees or shrubs for an effective composition.

This is a high maintenance woody vine that will require regular care and upkeep, and is best pruned in late winter once the threat of extreme cold has passed. It has no significant negative characteristics.

Glasnevin Chilean Potato Bush is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Accent
  • Hedges/Screening
  • General Garden Use

Planting & Growing

Glasnevin Chilean Potato Bush will grow to be about 12 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 5 feet. As a climbing vine, it tends to be leggy near the base and should be underplanted with low-growing facer plants. It should be planted near a fence, trellis or other landscape structure where it can be trained to grow upwards on it, or allowed to trail off a retaining wall or slope. It grows at a medium rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 20 years.

This woody vine should only be grown in full sunlight. It prefers to grow in average to moist conditions, and shouldn't be allowed to dry out. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution. Consider applying a thick mulch around the root zone in winter to protect it in exposed locations or colder microclimates. This is a selected variety of a species not originally from North America, and parts of it are known to be toxic to humans and animals, so care should be exercised in planting it around children and pets.

 
 
Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight
Characteristics
Accent  Screening  Garden 
Applications
Flowers 
Ornamental Features