Often confused with the garden huckleberry, Solanum guineense, this species has smaller deep blue fruits[
Solanum x burbankii Bitter.
Common Name: Sunberry
Solanum retroflexum is an erect, annual plant growing around 60cm tall.
The plant is occasionally cultivated for its edible fruit[
Although providing many well-known foods for people, including the potato, tomato, pepper and aubergine, most species in this genus also contain toxic alkaloids. Whilst these alkaloids can make the plant useful in treaing a range of medical conditions, they can also cause problems such as nausea, vomiting, salivation, drowsiness, abdominal pain, diarrhoea, weakness and respiratory depression[
Unless there are specific entries with information on edible uses, it would be unwise to ingest any part of this plant[
A hybrid of garden origin, possibly Solanum guineense x Solanum villosum.
Not known as a wild plant.
An easily grown plant, it succeeds in most soils[
]. Prefers a fertile well-drained soil in a sunny position[
Occasionally cultivated for its edible fruit, there are some named forms[
Fruit - raw or cooked. Not very appetizing raw, the flavour is improved by cooking[
]. We found the fruit to be much nicer than the rather similar S. nigrum guineense. Although smaller, it has a sweeter flavour[
]. Still not one of the most appetizing fruits to eat, though[
]. The fruit is about 1cm in diameter and is produced in small bunches[
Seed - sow spring in a greenhouse. When they are large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and plant them out after the last expected frosts.