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Kangaroo apple

Height:

1.50 m

Spread:

70 cm

Foliage:

Lance-shaped, green

Blooms:

Mauve, August to October

Fruit:

Orange, edible, in September and October

Exposure:

Full sun

Soil:

Rich and moist but well-drained

Hardiness:

Tender perennial hardy to -5°C


Kangaroo apple (Solanum laciniatum)

Kangaroo apple is native to temperate coastal areas in Australia, New Zealand and Tasmania. A member of the nightshade family (tomatoes, eggplants, peppers, etc.), it produces pretty mauve flowers in summer that then become green berries, turning orange in September and October. Its egg-shaped fruit are slightly poisonous when unripe. Once they have turned uniformly orange, though, they are completely safe to eat – raw or cooked.

Kangaroo apple adapts to various types of soil, but thrives in rich, moist, well-drained soil in full sun. It can also easily be grown in a container, provided the potting mixture contains compost. This plant is not susceptible to insect pests and diseases. The species is very easy to grow from seed, preferably in pots indoors, about six weeks before transplanting into the garden.