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Naranjilla

Solanum quitoense

Partial Shade
Moderate watering
Tender

10a-12b

USDA zone

-1°C

Minimum temperature

Expected size

Height
Spread

3m

Max

2.5m

1m

Min

1m

Flowering

  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

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Naranjilla Overview

Solanum quitoense is a tropical perennial species in the nightshade family, Solanaceae. It is commonly known as Naranjilla and this plant produces large, heart-shaped to oval leaves edged with pointed lobes. Leaves may reach 45cm in length, stems and foliage are covered in a layer of short purple hairs. Flowers are small and pale purple-white, with 5 petals and yellow central parts, leading onto green fruits which ripen to an orange-red shade. They are said to have a citrus flavour, some describe the taste like a cross between rhubarb and lime.

Special features of Naranjilla

Attractive fruits

Attractive flowers