What Is a Blue Potato Bush?


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Lycianthes rantonnetii, commonly known as the blue potato bush, is a shrub that produces purplish flowers with a yellow center. In autumn, the shrub produces small, red berries that are poisonous when consumed. The flowers are from the genus Lycianthes, and the family is Solanaceae.

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What Is a Blue Potato Bush?
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This flower originates from the South American regions of Bolivia, Brazil, Argentina and Paraguay. According to the BBC, the shrub needs full-sun exposure to grow. It can grow as high and wide as 200 centimeters, or nearly 7 feet. The BBC recommends planting seeds between March and May. Flowering often appears between June and September; the leaves are known for rapid growth. The shrub's main use is ornamental.

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