Solanum laciniatum|Large Kangaroo-apple

Cardinia indigenous plant guide

Open erect woody shrub, often with purplish stems.
Size (W x H)
1-3m x 1-3m
Dark green leaves lobed or entire; lobed leaves broadly egg-shaped 9-38cm long, with deep lobes 2-13cm x 3-20mm; entire leaves lance-shaped 5-20cm x 10-40mm.
Axillary clusters of up to 10 flat flowers to 50mm across, flower lobes notched. Egg-shaped, edible yellow to orange berry, green and poisonous when immature.
Flower colour
Deep blue to purple
Flower time
September to March
Growing conditions
Moist well drained often rocky soils in open and riparian forests. Tolerates moderate frosts. Prefers semi shade. Important pioneer plant.
Commonly used for
Fast growing short-lived plant with well displayed flowers and attractive fruit.
Available at indigenous nursery
Attracts birds
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Thank you to Shire of Yarra Ranges for assistance in compiling this directory