About Solanum jasminoides (Potato Vine)
This climbing vine is known as Solanum jasminoides, or more commonly as a Potato Vine. With the bushiness of a shrub and the growth of a vine, the stems of this plant reach an average height of 20-25′. 1″ long ovate or ovate-lanceolate green leaves act as a background to clusters of small white flowers accented with tiny yellow pistils. Depending on the climate the Potato Vine can have a long blooming season lasting from spring through the end of summer, or even year-round. Its scent is not nearly as strong as Jasminum polyanthum or Trachelospermum but it has been noted that it’s more aromatic in the evening.
Planting and Care Instructions
Plant Solanum jasminoides in average well-draining soil in an area that receives full to partial sun. Water regularly to establish a healthy root system then reduce frequency, except during periods of extreme heat. This vine will not stand up on its own meaning it will need to be attached to a wall, fence or support system. During the fall season prune to control shape and clean up the appearance if needed.
Landscape Design Ideas
As an evergreen plant, the Potato Vine is a great option to climb up a fence or arbor for privacy. If you are looking to fill a space quickly, this plant can be grown as a backdrop to a bed of plants or over a trellis for more shade during the warmer months.
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