This week’s Plant of the Week is the white potato creeper. A member of the Solanaceae or nightshade family, it is a classic, widely used plant in Australian gardens that perhaps should be used even more.
Common name: White potato creeper, potato vine
Botanic name: Solanum jasminoides
Description: A moderately vigorous, evergreen or semi-evergreen twiner from Brazil. In summer and autumn it produces clusters of star-shaped bluish/white flowers with yellow stamens. In mild areas, the flowering will continue through to late June.
Potato vine prefers a warm, sunny position and will grow well in most areas of Australia, except for cold mountainous zones.
fast cover for walls and fences
white theme garden
long flowering season
attractive white flowers
glossy, dark green leaves
partly deciduous in marginal climates
possible garden escapee
Potato vines like a warm, sunny position in rich, well-drained soil. They need a support for climbing. Prune in late winter to control size and also to encourage the growth of new vigorous wood.
White potato creeper is readily available at nurseries and garden centres. 200mm (8″) pots cost around $16, and 140mm (6″) pots cost about $12.