Gardenhuckleberry

Gardenhuckleberry Plant Information


Gardenhuckleberry grows in the following 1 states:

California

Solanum scabrum, also known as garden huckleberry, is an annual or perennial. The origin of the species is uncertain, although Linnaeus attributed it to Africa, but it also occurs in North America, and is naturalized in many countries. In Africa it is cultivated as a leaf vegetable and for dye from the berries.

An annual or short-lived perennial herb to 1 m tall, hairless or sparsely hairy. The leaves are usually ovate, 7-12cm long and 5-8cm wide, with petioles 1.5-7cm long. The inflorescence is simple or sometimes branched with 9-12 flowers. The white corolla is stellate, 15-20mm diam., and sometimes tinged purple and with yellow/green basal star. The berries are globular, 10-17mm diam., purple-black. The seeds are 1.8-2.2mm long, pale or stained purple.
Solanum scabrum is grown as an edible leaf crop in Africa. It is the most intensively cultivated species for leaf cropping within the Solanum nigrum complex, and as such has undergone genetic selection by farmers for leaf size and other characteristics.
In Africa a stocky form of Solanum scabrum is cultivated as a dye crop using the ripe berries.

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