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Solanum pseudocapsicum Jerusalem cherry   Solanaceae

Solanum pseudocapsicum, Jerusalem cherry


Solanum pseudocapsicum, Jerusalem cherry

This frost-tender, evergreen Mediterranean native produces starry white flowers in summer.
These are followed by small scarlet berries that are poisonous.
It grows sedately into a bushy, velvety-leafed shrub about 4 ft (1.2 m) high and wide and is perhaps best grown as an annual, even in wild areas, in which case it should grow to 24 in (60 cm) tall.
Several varieties with differently colored fruit are available.
The species is related to the potato, eggplant and tomato, as well as to some other less edible plants.
Flowering colors: White
Cultivation: These warm-climate plants have a wide range of requirements; most prefer full sun and rich, well-drained soil.
They are commonly grown from seed or cuttings .
They are prone to attack by spider mite, whitefly and aphids.