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Solanum melongena Black Beauty

Botanical Name: Common Names:
Solanum melongena Black Beauty Eggplant, Aubergine,
Native: Foliage Type:
Yes Evergreen
Plant Type: Plant Habit:
Climbers, Hedging / Screening Climbing / Twining, Prostrate

All gardens benefit from climbing plants to provide screening. Edna Walling® Blue Bells™ fills other roles as a light climber. Here’s an idea ~ if you need to screen a view along a narrow pathway between house and fence, construct two staggered screens at about 2 metres distance apart, one at 90° to the fence and another at the same angle from the building. Plant these with Edna Walling® Blue Bells™ and you’ll have a very manageable living screen without the overpowering effect that more vigorous climbers give. Veranda posts are softened with the delicate twining of Edna Walling® Blue Bells™ foliage, dotted with dainty purple-blue flowers in summer & autumn. Butterflies love them. Suitable for cool temperate to sub tropical climates in moist well drained clay or sandy loam of a neutral to low acid pH. Tolerates light frosts and near-coastal conditions. A very light trim is all that is needed, just now and again.

Mature Height: Mature Width:
1-2m 1-2m

Position: Soil Type:
Full Sun, Semi Shade Any, Well Drained

Landscape Use(s)
Balcony / Roof, Bird Attracting, Climber / Creeper, Coastal Garden, Groundcover, Habitat, Hedging / Screening, Low Water Garden, Mass Planting, Container / Pot, Under Trees

Pests & Diseases: Generally trouble free

Cultural Notes:

Plant Care
Keep moist during dry periods, Low phosphorus slow release fertiliser, Mulch well

Family Name: Origin:
Pittosporaceae Australia

Foliage Colour: Green
Flower Colour: Blue
Flower Fragrant: No
Flowering Season: Spring, Summer
Fruit: Insignificant

Requirements Tolerances
Growth Rate: Slow
Maintenance Level: Medium
Water Usage: Low
Drought: Medium / Moderate
Frost: Moderate
Wind: High