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Porcupine Potato

Kedrostis nana var. nana

Also known as

Dwarf Kedrostis Ystervarkpatat, Dawidjieswortel (Afr.)

Full Sun
Moderate care
Moderate watering
Half-hardy

10a

USDA zone

-1°C

Minimum temperature

Expected size

Height
Spread

Max

50cm

Min

2m

Flowering

This plant has a strong fragrance

Porcupine Potato Overview

The Porcupine potato has a woody basal stem structure (caudex) from which new vine-like growth arises, with angled stems that are strong smelling. It is grown for the unusual caudex, often as potted indoor plants.

Common problems with Porcupine Potato

Generally problem free

    How to harvest Porcupine Potato

    Harvest the seeds when the fruit is mature and over ripe.

    How to propagate Porcupine Potato

    Seed

    Sow seeds in early summer. Cover with a sowing medium not deeper than 4-5 cm. Use sandy loam with very well-rotted compost. Plant in a sunny location.

    Special features of Porcupine Potato

    Pot plant

    Can be grown in containers, using free draining potting mix.

    Indoor plant

    Provide a lot of bright light, can take some direct sun. It is possible to place the pots outdoors in summer and move indoors in colder climates for winter.