Common Name: Qing Qi.
Solanum septemlobum is a perennial plant that can grow up to 200cm tall
The plant is harvested from the wild for local use as a food.
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[
E. Asia - southeast Siberia (Chita), Mongolia, temperate China.
Sunny slopes; at elevations from 300 - 500 metres[
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.