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A picture of a Potato Tree 'Glasnevin'

Potato Tree 'Glasnevin'

Solanum crispum 'Glasnevin'

Also known as

Chilean Potato Tree

Photo by AlanGardenMaster (All rights reserved)

Full Sun
Easy care
Moderate watering
Frost Hardy


RHS hardiness


Minimum temperature

Expected size








5 years to reach maturity


  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

This plant has a mild fragrance

More images of Potato Tree 'Glasnevin'

Some purple Solanum crispum 'Glasnevin' flowers on a plant
A bush of Solanum crispum 'Glasnevin' with purple flowers in front of a brick building
A close up of some purple Solanum crispum 'Glasnevin' flowers on a plant
A photo of Potato Tree 'Glasnevin'
A photo of Potato Tree 'Glasnevin'

Potato Tree 'Glasnevin' Overview

Solanum crispum 'Glasnevin' is a semi-evergreen climber that scrambles happily, easily reaching up to 8m in height. Also known by the common names Chilean potato tree and potato tree 'Glasnevin'. It produces open clusters of fragrant purple-blue flowers with yellow stamens in the centre, these are produced in summer and measure around 2.5cm across. Foliage is finely-pointed and oval in shape, leaves measure approximately 5-12cm long. This is retained on the plant in most conditions except bad winters. This cultivar is great for adding some exoticness to a sunny wall. It will need support, but this hardy Chilean potato tree is a prolific flowerer, blooming from mid-summer through to mid-autumn continuously. Best grown in moist, well-draining soil, this plant can handle full sun and is well placed at the back of a border. It has also been awarded the Royal Horticultural Society's Award of Garden Merit.

Common problems with Potato Tree 'Glasnevin'

How to harvest Potato Tree 'Glasnevin'

Generally not harvested.

How to propagate Potato Tree 'Glasnevin'


Take semi hardwood suttings in summer.


You can propagate by seeds in the spring.

Special features of Potato Tree 'Glasnevin'

Attractive flowers

Ground cover


Other uses of Potato Tree 'Glasnevin'

Suits being grown against walls or at the side of borders of urban courtyards or informal cottage style gardens.