Solanum crispum Glasnevin
Chilean Potato Vine

Solanum crispum Glasnevin



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Small, semi-evergreen leaves cover this energetic Solanum Glasnevin or Chilean Potato Vine. From early July right through to the autumn the vine-like climber is covered with deep lilac flowers with bright orange eyes. These mature into small, pale yellow, inedible but attractive fruits.  It is perfect for covering a wall or fence and good at the back of a sunny border. 


Solanum, obvious from the tell-tale flowers, is a member of the potato family alongside tomatoes and aubergine, and a native of Chile and Peru. This particular variety - robust and strongly coloured - was discovered by chance in the 19th century in the then Royal (now National) Botanic Gardens at Glasnevin, Dublin, known for its dramatic glass houses. A recipient of the RHS AGM (Award of Garden Merit), for all round excellence in the garden.


Profuse flowering from July to October

  • Well drained, fertile, moist soil
  • South or west facing
  • Full sun

Due to the eventual height of this climber, ensure that there is support, either wires across a wall, a trellis or other plants to crawl through; it will need to be tied in. Ensure, if it is in a rain shadow near a wall, that it is well watered while it establishes itself.