Summer Flowers Part 1: Blue Potato Bush

Some pots on the patio, a few near the front door and some under cover on the balcony add colour and cheer all summer long. In this series I will present a few that have done well here this year.

Lycianthes rantonnetii (Solanum rantonnetii)

(Blue Potato Bush)

This bush produces masses of deep blue flowers with a golden “eye”. It resembles the potato or aubergine, also in the Solanaceae family. It loves the sun, but is a thirsty plant, cultivated for summer containers – the larger the container the better!  (Sadly it is not hardy).

In the German language it is often called an “Enzianstrauch”, Gentian Bush, due to its gentian blue flowers.

It flowers and continues to grow all through the summer, but apparently if overwintered it takes a while to get going in spring. This is the first time I have grown it, and I am not sure I have space to bring it in for winter. However, the cost of a small plant – which grows quickly –  is definitely worth it for the display of colour!


Tomorrow, the Abutilon…