Solanum linnaeanum

Solanum linnaeanum

Solanum linnaeanum, called also devil’s apple or the apple of Sodom, is a poisonous perennial shrub belonging to the Solanaceae family. It has branched, sharp stems with yellowish spines. The bright green leaves are alternate, elliptic with deep rounded lobes and they are also covered with long spines on both surfaces. The violet flowers are borne in clusters of 3 to 5; they are followed by fleshy tomato-like fruits containing brown seeds.


Common NameDevil’s apple
Botanical nameSolanum linnaeanum
Life CyclePerennial
Basic ColourViolet
Height05 -> 2 m
HabitatSeasides, Stony lands,
open woodlands,
Altitude0 – 200 m
Bloom TimeMay -> December
Plant TypeShrub, Toxic,
Fruit TypeBerry
different tolerancesTell us
Used PartsWhole plant
Plant UsesMedicine
Active substancesalkaloids solamargine,
USDA ZoneTell us
Sun Exposurefull sun
Soil pHAlkaline, Neutral
Soil MoistureDry, Moist
Soil Type Sandy, Silty,
Clayey, Stony
Propagationby seeds / by sowing,
Self sows
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