Solanum crispum ‘Glasnevin’

Chilean potato vine

  • © Richie Steffen / Great Plant Picks

  • © Richie Steffen / Great Plant Picks

Outstanding Qualities

Choose Solanum crispum 'Glasnevin' over the species as this vine selection blooms more abundantly and is hardier as well. The plethora of small star-shaped flowers, which are an intense lilac color with yellow centers, begin in July and continue until October. This Chilean plant may be grown as a relaxed, stand-alone shrub, support it on a fence, trellis, etc., or let it meander through an evergreen shrub.

Quick Facts

Plant Type: vine

Foliage Type: semi-evergreen

Plant Height: 15 ft. 0 in. (4.57 meters)

Plant Width/Spread: 5 ft. 0 in. (1.52 meters)

Plant Height-Mature: 20 ft. 0 in. (6.10 meters)

Plant Width-Mature: 8 ft. 0 in. (2.44 meters)

Hardiness: USDA Zones 8 to 11

Flower Color: lavender

Sun/Light Exposure: full sun

Water Requirements: regular watering

Seasonal Interest: flowers summer until frost

Colors & Combos

Great Color Contrasts: orange, silver, gold

Great Color Partners: purple, dark green, pink

Culture Notes
This scrambling vine needs full sun to flower its best. It prefers a well-drained or sandy soil and can tolerate a hot baking location. It is drought tolerant once established, but appreciates an occasional watering during prolonged dry weather. This vine typically climbs by growing through large shrubs and trees and resting its stems on the branches of its host. If it is grown on a fence or structure it will need to be tied to anchor its stems