Although no specific mention of toxicity has been seen for this species, it belongs to a genus where many if not all the members have poisonous leaves and sometimes also the unripe fruits.
Fruit - raw or cooked. Not very appetizing raw, the flavour is improved by cooking
. We found the fruit to be much nicer than the rather similar S. nigrum guineense. Although smaller, it has a sweeter flavour[K]. Still not one of the most appetizing fruits to eat, though[K]. The fruit is about 1cm in diameter and is produced in small bunches[200, K].
There are no material uses listed for Solanum retroflexum.
There are no medicinal uses listed for Solanum retroflexum.
Seed - sow spring in a greenhouse. When they are large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and plant them out after the last expected frosts.
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An easily grown plant, it succeeds in most soils
. Prefers a fertile well-drained soil in a sunny position
Often confused with the garden huckleberry, S. guineense, this species has smaller deep blue fruits.
Occasionally cultivated for its edible fruit, there are some named forms
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Associations & Interactions
There are no interactions listed for Solanum retroflexum. Do you know of an interaction that should be listed here? edit this page to add it.
Polycultures & Guilds
There are no polycultures listed which include Solanum retroflexum.
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? 1.01.11.2 Facciola. S. Cornucopia - A Source Book of Edible Plants. Kampong Publications ISBN 0-9628087-0-9 (1990-00-00)
? F. Chittendon. RHS Dictionary of Plants plus Supplement. 1956 Oxford University Press (1951-00-00)
? 3.03.13.2 Huxley. A. The New RHS Dictionary of Gardening. 1992. MacMillan Press ISBN 0-333-47494-5 (1992-00-00)