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Eggplant Solanum melongena

Other Common Name(s):

Phonetic Spelling
so-LAN-num mel-ON-gen-uh
Description

Eggplant, a warm-season vegetable belongs to the nightshade family.  It forms a many branched plant with leaves and stems that have star-shaped (stellate) hair and stems.  Its flowers are purple and the fruits are generally purple too.

The common name is sometimes misspelled as "egg plant"

See this plant in the following landscapes:
Vegetable Garden- Raised Beds Vegetable Garden and Pollinator Plants
Cultivars / Varieties:
  • 'Black Beauty'
  • 'Ping Tung Long'
  • 'White comet'
'Black Beauty', 'Ping Tung Long', 'White comet'
Tags:
#hairy leaves#warm season vegetable#problem for cats#problem for dogs#problem for horses#wilson mg plant sale 2021
 
Cultivars / Varieties:
  • 'Black Beauty'
  • 'Ping Tung Long'
  • 'White comet'
'Black Beauty', 'Ping Tung Long', 'White comet'
Tags:
#hairy leaves#warm season vegetable#problem for cats#problem for dogs#problem for horses#wilson mg plant sale 2021
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Solanum
    Species:
    melongena
    Family:
    Solanaceae
    Uses (Ethnobotany):
    It has been used in traditional medicine and cultural ceremonies in several countries across the world.
    Life Cycle:
    Annual
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    India
    Edibility:
    Fruits are edible and eaten fried, steamed, grilled, roasted, or stewed.
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Edible
    Vegetable
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Full sun (6 or more hours of direct sunlight a day)
    Soil Drainage:
    Good Drainage
    Moist
  • Fruit:
    Fruit Color:
    Black
    Green
    Purple/Lavender
    Variegated
    White
    Fruit Value To Gardener:
    Edible
    Fruit Type:
    Berry
    Fruit Description:
    A large fleshy kidney shaped berry is that ranges in color from green, to white, to purple-black when immature and when it should be eaten. As the fruit matures it gets stringy and bitter.
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    Purple/Lavender
    Flower Inflorescence:
    Solitary
    Flower Description:
    Solitary purple flowers
  • Leaves:
    Leaf Color:
    Green
    Leaf Feel:
    Prickly
    Leaf Type:
    Simple
    Leaf Arrangement:
    Alternate
    Hairs Present:
    Yes
  • Stem:
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Theme:
    Edible Garden
    Problems:
    Problem for Cats
    Problem for Dogs
    Problem for Horses