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Solanum tuberosum 'Maris Peer'
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common name: Potato 'Maris Peer'
poisonous or irritant
moist soil, sandy soil
preferred soil pH: neutral-acid
minimum temp: -5°C
USDA zone: 8 to 10
Second early variety, producing oval, white-skinned tubers of good flavour. Large clusters of attractive pinkish purple flowers. Usually gives a heavy crop.
Tender perennial usually treated as an annual crop.
Most fertile, well cultivated soils but dislikes very wet or heavy clay soil. Prefers a slightly acid rich soil with plenty of organic matter, the tubers can be subject to scab on limy, sandy or gravely soils or those deficient in humus. Likes a sunny position.
Culinary vegetable. Makes a good salad potato.
Raised in England, 1962.
All the green parts of the plant, even green parts of exposed tubers, are poisonous, containing a toxic alkaloid called solanine.