Solanum jasminoides (potato vine)

marijon_gardenerSeptember 26, 2012

I would like to use this vine to cover a down hill embankment next to the street. I know it can be invasive and curl it's way around adjacent plants, but if I tend it, can this work?

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Bob_B(Sunset 14, Ca.)

I'm surprised you have had no response from anyone who has used potato vine under the conditions you describe. I haven't. But my guess is it would be a poor choice. It would, I think, tend to look scraggly. It is a climber. Dwarf vinca would in my opinion be a better, neater ground cover, and would hold the soil better.

    Bookmark   September 29, 2012 at 12:08PM
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my neighbor has it between our properties in front of an old huge tall tree next to the sidewalk (trying to give you a feel where it is)
it is sooooo scraggly, ugly, thorny, we call it the monster that attacks the passerbys. and each year it gets cut back to almost nothing but holy smokes....
not the right place for it. I'm grateful she cuts it back. and unless you really prune it --probably daily, it grows out of control and to whatever direction it wants (my parked car) as i said the monster.........

    Bookmark   September 29, 2012 at 8:45PM
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hosenemesis(SoCal Sunset 19 USDA 8b)

Mine is too woody underneath to work as a groundcover. It would grow too high- four-five feet high, and you'd have nothing but a place for rats to nest with a thin covering of green foliage. The flowers also hang down, so you would not see them. I think you would be very unhappy with it.

    Bookmark   September 30, 2012 at 11:08PM
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jenn(SoCal 9/19)

We grow it as a vine on one of the posts of our patio. I can't imagine it grown as a groundcover. As a vine it is scraggly but I grow it anyway for the white flowers.

    Bookmark   October 1, 2012 at 12:43AM
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