Lycianthes rantonnetii

Botanical Name: Lycianthes rantonnetii

Phonetic: Lye-KEE-ann-Thuss Ran-Tone-NET-EE-eye 

Common Name(s): Blue Potato Bush/Paraguay Nightshade

Family: Solanaceae
Origin: South America
Plant Type: Perennial Shrub
Persistence: Evergreen (in warmer zones)/deciduous (in cooler zones)
Leaf Type: Alternate, elliptical
Leaf Color: Green
Texture: Soft
Density: Coarse
Bloom Season: Blooms repeatedly/March-October in cooler zones
Flower Color(s): Blue-violet, purple with yellow centers

Exposure: Full sun
USDA: 8b-11
Growth Rate: Fast                                            
Height: 4-6 Feet (up to 10 feet if unclipped)
Spread: 3-4 Feet
Hydrozone: Medium
Soil: Well-drained
Pest: Aphids, caterpillars, thrips, blight, stem rot, powdery mildew, grey mold, viruses

Features: Seed is poisonous if ingested, arching habit, striking flowers, orange-red berries
Uses: Backdrop, focal piece, border, containers, patio display, hedge, screening, small tree (standard)

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