The Solanum seaforthianum or Brazilian Nightshade is a beautifully striking ornamental flowering evergreen vine of the Solanum genus, native to tropical South America. As a member of the Solanum genus, it is related to such plants as the tomato and potato. It is characterized by clusters of four to seven leaves and can climb to a height of 20 ft (6 m) given enough room. It blooms in the mid to late summer with clusters of star-shaped purple inflorescence followed by scarlet marble-sized berries. The plant is highly heat resistant, but cannot tolerate frost conditions. The plant contains modest amounts of various tropane alkaloids such as atropine, scopolamine and hyoscyamine and is considered mildly toxic and inedible.


  • Easily grown between Spring & Summer
  • If using GA3 (worlds strongest Growth Hormone), seeds can be planted successfully in any season any time of the year (available at our store here)
  • Plant about half a centimetre below in intermediate to rich soil
  • Must be warm and moist soil upon planting, preferably silty or well draining
  • Plant in a pot at a hanging vine or next to a fence or area that you would like cover

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A member of the Solanaceae (Nightshade) family, common names include Brazilian Nightshade, Vining Solanum, Potato Creeper, and St Vincent lilac, blue potato vine, Brazilian night-shade, Climbing Nightshade, Italian Jasmine, Star Potato Vine. This species is believed to be native to Mexico, Central America (i.e. Belize, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua and Panama), the Caribbean (i.e. Trinidad and Tobago), south-eastern USA (i.e. Florida) and tropical South America (Venezuela and Colombia).

This species reproduces mainly by seed, which are most often dispersed by birds and other animals that eat the fleshy fruit.

A perennial vine with climbing or sprawling stems, often covering fences or shrubs, reaching up to 5 m in height.

The stems are green and mostly hairless (i.e. glabrous), however there are often a few sticky (i.e. glandular) hairs on the flowering branches. The alternately arranged leaves are borne on stalks (i.e. petioles) 0.5-6 cm long. Their leaf blades (4-13 cm long and 3-11 cm wide) are either deeply incised (i.e. pinnatisect), creating 3-9 lobes each up to 3.5-4.5 cm long and 1-2 cm wide, or appear to be once-compound (i.e. pinnate). Both leaf surfaces are green and hairless (i.e. glabrous), except for a few hairs on their margins and along the veins on either surface. The tips of their lobes may be either rounded or pointed (i.e. they have obtuse to acuminate apices).

The star-like flowers (2-3 cm across) are arranged in large branched clusters in the leaf forks (i.e. axils), each cluster containing 10-50 flowers. The main stalk (i.e. peduncle) of these clusters is 1-6 cm long, while each individual flower is borne on a smaller stalk (i.e. pedicel) 8-15 mm long. These flowers have five blue, violet or purple petals that are joined together at the base and have triangular tips (10-15 mm long). They also have five small green sepals (1.5-2.5 mm long), five stamens with yellow anthers (3-4 mm long), and an ovary topped with a style (6.5-8 mm long) and stigma. Flowering occurs mainly during spring and autumn. The shiny globular berries (8-12 mm across) turn from green to bright red as they mature.

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Brazilian Nightshade Solanum seaforthianum Ornamental 20 Seeds

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