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Blue Potato Bush 'Blue Fountain'

Lycianthes rantonnetii 'Blue Fountain'

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Full Sun
Easy care
Moderate watering
Half-hardy

10a

USDA zone

-1°C

Minimum temperature

Expected size

Height
Spread

3m

Max

3m

1.5m

Min

1m

2 years to reach maturity

Fruiting

  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

Generally not harvested.

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Blue Potato Bush 'Blue Fountain' Overview

The blue potato bush, Lycianthes rantonnetii, is grown for its abundance of attractive flowers from early summer to autumn. Historically it was placed in the Solanum genus; however, recent analysis has reclassified it into the genus Lycianthes. It is a many-branched evergreen shrub that provides a good backdrop in large borders or focal specimen plants. A good plant for shaping into a standard - it responds well to pruning.

Common problems with Blue Potato Bush 'Blue Fountain'

Susceptible to aphids, red spider mite, encourage beneficial insects like ladybirds to help control pests.

How to propagate Blue Potato Bush 'Blue Fountain'

Cuttings

Root semi-ripe cuttings with gentle bottom heat from summer to early autumn.

Seed

Seed can be sown in spring once temperatures have warmed up.

Special features of Blue Potato Bush 'Blue Fountain'

Drought resistant

Can withstand extended dry periods.

Attracts useful insects

Attracts bees

Pot plant

Can be grown in large containers, keep soil moist and well drained.

Hedge plant

Attractive flowers