• Lycianthes rantonnetii 'Alba'
  • Lycianthes rantonnetii 'Alba' - some of the blue/purple colouration of the blue-flowering type species showing through
  • Lycianthes rantonnetii 'Alba'
  • Lycianthes rantonnetii 'Alba'
    Lycianthes rantonnetii 'Alba' - blue/purple colouration of the blue-flowering type species showing through

Lycianthes rantonnetii 'Alba'

Potato Bush, Paraguayan Potato Bush, Paraguayan Nightshade
Size: ex 1.5L pot - tall vigourous plants

Availability: In stock

£9.99

Quick Overview

  • White flowers, sometimes streaked with purple
  • Tall woody shrub
  • Frost tender
  • Vigourous growth in the summer
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Description

Lycianthes rantonnetii 'Alba' is the white-flowering form of Paraguayan Potato bush - sometimes know as Blue Potato Bush. Occasionally blue-purple streaks turn up in the flowers - a genetic relic from its parentage, a curiosity that adds to its beauty. It is a strong-growing woody shrub, vigourously reaching a large size but it can only be considered half-hardy in the warmest parts of the country and is perhaps best grown in a large pot and pruned back hard at the end of each year and brought inside to a cool glasshouse for the winter. Growing it in a container is also a useful preventative measure as in can become rather weedy if left unchecked. In mild areas it can survive outside usually being cut back to the central woody core at ground level and growing back in the spring.

It is a very pollinator-friendly plant and both bees and butterflies are attracted to its flowers. Other than keeping it warm in winter it needs no special attention and will grow in any loam-based soil - even poor or depleted substrates - and prefers a sunny location.

Additional Information

Order Solanales
Family Solanaceae
Sub-Family Solanoideae
Synonyms Lycianthes rantonnei, Solanum corniculatum, Solanum muticum, Solanum rantonnetii, Solanum urbanum
Geographical Origin Paraguay, Argentina
Cultivation A sheltered warm location. Full sun but tolerates partial shade. Not fussy about soil. Best grown in a container and brought into a cool frost-free glasshouse over the winter. Cut back hard and prune to shape
Eventual Height 2-2.5m
Eventual Spread 1m
Hardiness Tender. Large woody plants may overwinter outdoors in some warm areas - usually cut back to the ground by frost - but this is a plant best kept in a container and overwintered under glass

Lycianthes rantonnetii 'Alba'

Potato Bush, Paraguayan Potato Bush, Paraguayan Nightshade
Size: ex 1.5L pot - tall vigourous plants

Availability: In stock

£9.99
You could receive 20 Palm Points for writing a review and/or rating this product.

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