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Scientific Name: Solanum africanum

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  • Perennial
  • Dune Night shade is indigenous and found along the coastal dunes of South Africa, in the Eastern Cape, KwaZulu-Natal and the Western Cape.
  • It grows well in soil with a good drainage, and it grows optimally in areas with naturally sandy soils.
  • Dune Night shade is a hardy semi succulent creeper or shrub, with yellow-centered, purple, mauve or white flowers in midsummer to spring.
  • It can be successfully utilized to cover a trellis or large, sandy, open patches in your garden.
  • Dune Night shade can be grouped with other perennial, herbaceous creepers.
  • It acts also as a shrub when a supporting framework, like other plant growth, is available.
  • Dune Night shade only serves ornamental purposes and to help to stabilize loose ground surfaces, thus for filling the role of a secondary soil stabilizer.
  • It will grow best in well-drained soil and in a full sun position.
  • A slow release fertilizer containing a high potassium content added in spring will boost flowering during the summer months.
  • Remove only old and dead wood from the plant when pruning.
  • Pruning should be done very lightly because it does not recover well when cut back hard.
  • Clematis and jasmine are good companion plants for this plant.
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