Iochroma cyanea

Scientific name: Iochroma cyanea

Synonym: I. cyaneum, I. tubulosa, I. tubulosum


Common names: “Ornamental eggplant” “Iochroma” “Violet churur”

Plant Type: Tropical shrub


Zone: 9 – 11

Light: Full sun – dappled shade

Exposure: Sheltered from scorching sun

Soil: Cultivated fertile soil

Moisture: Evenly moist well drained


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Plant Size:  H 4-12′ W 3-5′

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Leaf and Stem shape: Large, thin, soft simple leaves

Flower: Umbel-like clusters of purple flowers

Pruning: Cut back and shape as required, will handle a coppice but may grow back awkward shaped

Maintenance: High, requires winter protection and constant water

Landscape use: Tropical flower borders, mixed beds, standard shrub, container

Propagate: By seed and cuttings

Pests & Disease: Insects may be an issue if under stress

*attracts butterflies and bees and hummingbirds

Comments: Native to Columbia, all parts are poisonous and may cause skin irritations when handled

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