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common name: Blue Potato Bush, Paraguay Nightshade
synonyms: Lycianthes rantonnetii
shrub, evergreen, semi-evergreen
poisonous or irritant
preferred soil pH: neutral-alkaline
minimum temp: 0°C
USDA zone: 10 to 10
Tender shrub, fast growing. Deep blue-violet flowers about 2cm across, produced over a long period in summer and autumn. Alternate oval to lanceolate leaves up to 10cm long. Ovoid red fruits.
Not frost hardy and needs a warm climate or winter protection. Best in full sun and moist, well drained soil.
Can be easily trimmed or trained as a standard. May be grown as a wall shrub.
From seed or cuttings
Native to Argentina and Paraguay