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Common Name: Qing Qi.
Solanum septemlobum is a perennial plant that can grow up to 2.00 metres tall.
It is harvested from the wild for local use as a food.
Although no specific mention of toxicity has been seen for this species, it belongs to a genus where many if not all the members have poisonous leaves and sometimes also the unripe fruits.
E. Asia - China.
Sunny slopes; 300-2500 m. Anhui, Gansu, Hebei, Henan, Jiangsu, Liaoning, Nei Mongol, Shaanxi, Shandong, Shanxi, Sichuan, Xinjiang, E Xizang, Zhejiang[
We have very little information on this species and do not know if it will succeed in Britain, though judging by its native range it could succeed outdoors in many parts of the country. The following notes are based on the general needs of the genus.
Succeeds in most soils[
Leaves - cooked. A famine food, it is only used when all else fails[
]. Caution is advised, see the notes above on toxicity.
Seed - sow early spring in a warm greenhouse. When they are large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and plant them out after the last expected frosts.