Chilean Potato Vine: Lilac Petals Around Yellow Centers, July Until October
Solanum crispum ‘Glasnevin’ or commonly called Chilean potato vine is just the right touch of color and interest for your garden or landscape. This plant has wiry stems, which need tying up to wires or trellis for support, and is clad in small semi-evergreen leaves which remain on the plant in all but bad winters. Chilean potato vine can be grown as a free-standing shrub or espaliered on a wall or trellis. It is also an excellent summer container plant; this allows it to be overwintered in a protected area in colder climates.
The potato-like flowers, each with lilac petals around yellow centers, appear continuously from July until October. The variety ‘Glasnevin’ is the one to choose, as it flowers more prolifically and is also slightly hardier than plain Solanum crispum. Chilean potato vine is trouble-free once established. Plants enjoy moist but well-drained soil that is neutral to slightly alakaline in pH. Propagation is simple; take cuttings from summer to early autumn.
How To Make Your Chilean Potato Vine Thrive
This scrambling vine prefers full sun to flower its best. It thrives in well-drained or sandy soil, and can tolerate a hot baking location. Chilean potato vine is drought tolerant once established, but appreciates an occasional watering during prolonged dry weather. This vine typically climbs by growing through large shrubs and trees and resting its stems on the branches of its host. If it is grown on a fence or structure it will need to be tied to anchor its stems.
Stems that have become impossibly leggy can be pruned hard back, almost to ground level so that new basal shoots are encouraged to grow. Allow these new stems to grow, but not straight upwards! Bend and fix them horizontally or arrange them in a fan formation for maximum effect. You can also prune Chilean potato vine hard in late spring before growth resumes to rejuvenate the plant from the base.
General Chilean Potato Vine Information
Pests And Diseases
May be attacked by aphids and glasshouse red spider mites. You should be on the lookout for grey moulds and tomato spotted wilt
Propagate with semi-hardwood cuttings
Locate in flower borders, beds, wall-side borders, city & courtyard gardens, and cottage and informal gardens.
- Family: Solanaceae
- Plant Type: Vine (requires support)
- Foliage Type: Semi-evergreen
- Hardiness Zones: Zones 8 to 11
- Hardiness: Hardy
- Bloom Color: Lavender
- Bloom Time: July until late October
- Foliage Color: Mid-green
- Height: 12 Feet
- Width: 5 Feet
- Light Needs: Full sun
- Water Needs: Needs regular watering – weekly, or more often in extreme heat.
- Soil: Well drained
- Growth Rate: Fast
- Key Feature: Prolific flowering, easy care
- Garden Styles: Cottage, rustic
- Landscape Uses: Border, espalier, hedge, seacoast exposure
- Propagation: Propagate by semi-hardwood cuttings
- Time to Take Cuttings: July to September
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