Solanum Melongena

Botanical Name:

Solanum melongena

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How to Grow
Water
Medium
Water moderately, allowing the top 3cm to dry out between watering.
Sunlight
Full Sun
6+ hours of direct sun per day
Characteristics

Plant Type

Herb/Forb, Edible, Vegetable, Annual or perennial herb, 0.2–0.5 m, erect, unarmed(armed); young stems moderately stellate-pubescent to glabrescent, trichomes porrect, translucent, sessile or stalked, stalks up to 0.2 mm, rays 8–15, 0.3–0.7 mm, midpoints ± same length as rays or to 1 mm; prickles straight, 0–6 mm long, 0.2–1 mm wide at base

Lifespan

Perennial, Annual

Flower

Solitary purple flowers, Flowers heterostylous, 4–8-merous, only the basal one long-styled

Fruit

A large fleshy kidney shaped berry is that ranges in color from green, to white, to purple-black when immature and when it should be eaten. As the fruit matures it gets stringy and bitter., Berries 1 per infructescence, green, sometimes mottled or striped, white, pink, mauve, purple, or black when young, usually white or dark purple at maturity, variously shaped, 3–20 × 3–7 cm; fruiting calyx unarmed or with up to 30 prickles

Taxonomy

Order

Solanales

Family

Solanaceae

Genus

Solanum


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