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common name: Sticky Nightshade, Viscid Nightshade, Thorned Bitter Apple, Wild Tomato, Litchi Tomato
perennial, evergreen, semi-evergreen
brown & green
poisonous or irritant
full sun, part shade
moist soil, clay soil, sandy soil
preferred soil pH: neutral-alkaline
minimum temp: -1°C
USDA zone: 10 to 10
Rhizomatous, half-hardy perennial with prickly stems and leaves, which are large and deeply lobed pinnatifid. The brown thorns cover the stems and are also produced along the leaf midribs. Pale blue, lilac or white flowers in summer, followed by fleshy red fruits enclosed in a papery case.
Any resonably fertile, well drained, moist soil in sun or part shade. Tender but may survive slight frosts.
Has been undergoing testing as a "trap" crop, to help control potato pests.
The fruits are reputed to be edible, though there is some uncertainty about this.
Native to South America and naturalised in several other location, where it is sometimes considered to be an invasive weed.