Daily Flower Candy: Kangaroo Apple

One of my surprise survivors from last year Solanum laciniatum, the Kangaroo Apple, may finally have outgrown its welcome. The plants were bought from Sissinghurst in 2012 and despite being pruned to 18″ in spring have grown back to 6ft tall. For much of the year the foliage has been deformed by the same unknown bug that has blighted some of my fuchsias and sages. Spraying has not helped. Apart from the mauve flowers, Solanum laciniatum’s saving grace has been its yellow and orange fruits, some of which I plan to extract seeds from for next year. Here they are in all their glory.