Botanical Name: Solanum aethiopicum
Days to Maturity: 65–70 days after transplanting
Plant Dimensions: 3'–4' tall, 2'–3' wide
Variety Information: Purple star-shaped flowers followed by 2"–3" green fruits that ripen to an orange-red.
Exposure: Full Sun
Bloom Period: Summer
Attributes: Cut Flower
When to Sow Outside: 2 to 4 weeks after your average last frost date, when soil temperature is at least 70°F.
When to Start Inside: RECOMMENDED. 6 to 8 weeks before your average last frost date. Ideal soil temperature for germination is 80°–90°F. Transplant outdoors when the soil temperature is at least 60°F.
Days to Emerge: 10–20 days
Seed Depth: ¼"
Seed Spacing: Start indoors; plant 24"–36" apart outside.
Thinning: Not required.