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botanical name:
Solanum tuberosum 'Désirée'
Solanum tuberosum 'Désirée' © Deeproot Plant Base
common name:  Potato 'Désirée', Potato 'Desiree', Patata, Papa, Pomme De Terre, Kartoffel, Aardappel
synonyms:  Solanum tuberosum 'Desiree'
family:  Solanaceae
characteristics: perennial
height: 0.80m
width: 0.60m
growth rate: fast
growth habit: clump
leaf colour: green
flower colour: mauve
stem/bark: light green
main season: Summer
poison symbol poisonous or irritant
edible symbol edible
medicinal symbol medicinal
aspect: full sun
conditions: moist soil, sandy soil
preferred soil pH: neutral-acid
minimum temp: -5°C
USDA zone: 8 to 10
Main Crop potato producing tubers with red skin and pale yellow, firm textured flesh. Foliage is green to bluish-green. Numerous very pale purple, almost white, flowers. Very popular variety.
Tender perennial usually treated as an annual crop.

Most fertile, well cultivated soils but dislikes very wet or heavy clay soil. Prefers a slightly acid rich soil with plenty of organic matter, the tubers can be subject to scab on limy, sandy or gravely soils or those deficient in humus. Likes a sunny position.
Resistant to drought but can be susceptible to scab and eelworm.

Plant out tubers in mid April for harvesting in August or September.

The top-growth is not frost hardy, though the tubers will tolerate a few degrees of frost.

From tubers.

Culinary vegetable with good flavour. Good for baking, boiling, roasting or frying.

other notes:
Raised in Holland, 1962.

All the green parts of the plant, even green parts of exposed tubers, are poisonous, containing a toxic alkaloid called solanine.
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