Solanum laciniatum

Scientific name: Solanum laciniatum

Synonym: Solanum aviculare auct.


Common names: “Kangaroo apple” “Poroporo”

Plant Type: Evergreen shrub, usually winter killed in Victoria


Zone: 10-11

Light: Full sun

Exposure: Sheltered

Soil: Average – sandy loam alkaline – neutral

Moisture: Moist well drained – average


Plant Size: H 6′ W 5′ , short lived

Leaf and Stem shape: Simple lance-shaped or pinnately lobed leaves

Flower: Light purplish-blue flowers with broadly triangular petals, followed by egg-shaped light orange fruits

Maintenance: Low, can be staked up, cut back any winter killed stems in Spring, self sows

Landscape use: Container plant, sub-tropical garden

Propagate: By seed and cuttings

Pests & Disease: Might get spidermites indoors

Comments: Fruits are edible but may require some cooking first, native to Australia and New Zealand


One thought on “Solanum laciniatum

  1. fruits require *ripening*, not cooking, otherwise poisonous. similar to tree tomato, more cold tolerant and hardy, but smaller, shorter lived, and uh poisonous when green, like rather a lot of Solanums. good rootstock for tomato or eggplant especially on poorer soil


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