3 ft. plants yield dozens of clusters of dark, ¼ in. berries; each cluster holds 8-12 fruits. Unique, huckleberry-like flavor makes for intriguing dessert fillings, jellies, syrups, etc. Green fruits are likely toxic and should not be consumed.
The Wonderberry, also known as the Sunberry, was originally botanically classified Solanum burbankii and today is classified as Solanum retroflexum. The fruit was created by renowned American plant breeder, Luther Burbank over 100 years ago when he crossed Solanum guinense of West Central Africa with Solanum villosum of Chile. Wonderberry bears a close resemblance to the garden huckleberry (Solanum melanocerasum) but is, in fact, a separate species. Many of these black colored berries of the Solanum genus are loosely referred to as “black nightshade”, though they should not be confused with “deadly nightshade” Atropa belladonna, which is an entirely different genus.
Grow like tomatoes, but Wonderberry is more finicky to germinate - tiny seeds need to keep moist for a much longer period. Self sows readily. Start seeds indoors 6-8 weeks before transplanting outside after last frost. Space 30 in. apart.
Contains 20 seeds