Porcupine tomato (Solanum pyracanthos, or S. pyracanthum, or S. pyracanthon, depending on which authority you follow) is a real plant-geek’s plant. It does have ornamental, rich purple flowers, but its key feature is the bright orange spines that adorn the lobed, gray-green leaves and the slender, branching stems. The flowers develop into yellowish green, marble-sized fruits topped with a spiny cap. Though “tomato” is in the common name, this isn’t something you’d grow to eat. Porcupine tomato usually gets 2 to 3 feet tall in my garden or a mixed container planting, but when it gets pampered with regular watering and fertilizing in a pot by itself, it can get 4 to 5 feet tall if not kept smaller with careful pruning. Full sun. Usually grown as an annual (it’s perennial only in frost-free areas).
Collected starting in late August 2022. At least 10 seeds. One packet per person.
Please read the germination information as well before ordering.