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Cyanea solanacea

'Popolo' is a plant in the Solanum genus with a scientific name of Cyanea solanacea.

Indigenous Hawaiian annual berry2, in the Wonderberry family. A medicinal herb which also has dye uses2. From 6 inches to 1.2 m tall, wide-spreading (sprawling or branching) in habit. Seed length approximately 1.3 mm.

May be endangered in Hawaii due to feral pigs and competition of other plant species.3

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A type of herb, it mainly grows as an annual plant - which means it typically only grows best for a single growing season. Normally grows with a forb habit.

French Polynesia is believed to be where Popolo originates from.

Popolo is normally quite a low maintenance plant and is normally very easy to grow - great for beginner gardeners!

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How to grow Popolo

See our list of companion Plants for Popolo to see which plants you should plant in close proximity to encourage growth.

Growing Popolo from seed

Transplanting Popolo

Common Popolo problems

These problems, diseases and pests are known to affect Popolo plants:

Popolo Etymology

This is an indigenous Polynesian medicinal plant, considered an heirloom in Hawaii because it has been deliberately cultivated for thousands of years by Hawaiian people.

Other names for Popolo

pōpolo, polopolo, ‘olohua, pōpolohua, Hawaiian native Wonderberry, Hawaiian heirloom Garden Huckleberry, Polynesian heirloom Wonderberry, Polynesian heirloom Garden Huckleberry, Edible glossy nightshade, Chichiquelite Huckleberry

Solanum americanum, Cyanea solanacea Hillebr., Cyanea solanacea

Misspellings: Wonderberry, Hawaii Wonderberry, Hawaiian nightshade, native Hawaiian nightshade, polynesian nightshade, native polynesian nightshade, glossy nightshade

Popolo care instructions

How long does Popolo take to grow?

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Popular varieties of Popolo

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