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Gardening with Indigenous Plants
Indigenous Plant Use
Identification & Control of Common Weeds
Botanical Name:Solanum aviculare
Common Name:kangaroo apple , pam plum
Sold As:Tube ($2.00)
Plant
Type(s):
Low Growing Shrub (30 cm to 1 m), Medium Shrub (1 to 2 m), Tall Shrub (2 to 6 m), Bee Attracting, Bird Attracting, Insect Attracting, Indigenous Plant Use
Indigenous Plant Use:Has berries which are poisonous while green, but edible once orange.CAUTION: Many plants are poisonous if not collected and prepared properly!
Growing
Conditions:
Full Sun, Partial Shade, Shade
Moist, Well Drained
Size
(HxW):
1-4 m x 1-4 m
Foliage:Dark green lobed or entire broad elliptic leaves, 15-30 cm long, on long stalks. 3-11 deeply cut lobes 1-10 cm x 5-20 mm. Leaves often at ends of branches.
Flowers:Axillary clusters of up to 10 flat star-shaped violet flowers to 40 mm across, flower lobes pointed. September to February. Egg-shaped, edible orange-red berry, green and poisonous when immature.
General
Comments:
Erect spreading woody shrub with angular branches.  Fast growing, short lived plant which will grow in sun but prefers some shade.  Requires pruning.  Birds like the fruit.


Further
Information:
  1. Yarra Ranges Council (Victora, close to us)
  2. Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria (VICFLORA, technical, good photos)
  3. Australian Plant Society (NSW)
  4. Wikipedia (free online encyclopedia)
  5. Whitehorse Council information
  6. Royal Botanic Gardens (Kew UK, technical)


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