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Please help ID this plant

Posted by CFB123 (My Page) on
Sun, Sep 19, 04 at 10:12

Hello: Anyone know what this is? I've never seen this before. It looks like a Cherry Tomato bush, but of course, isn't. "Fruits" are about size of a small Cherry tomato. I should have taken a close-up of the leaves. Is this some kind of Holly? Or an ornamental pepper?
Woman who has them doesn't know what they are...they were planted when she bought the house. They are perennials. She does not prune them. They are about 12" tall & spread out just as the photo.

They are so neat :-) I took a bunch of the "fruit" so I could try to grow from seed. Hope the plant isn't poisonous!

Appreciate any help. CFB

I am posting a link to the photo.

Here is a link that might be useful: Shrubs forum gallery

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RE: Please help ID this plant

  • Posted by Dancey Zone 8b Texas (My Page) on
    Sun, Sep 19, 04 at 11:41

I had no idea what the plant was but my dh says he thinks it's a pomegranite. I googled the pomegranite and I also think that may be what your mystery plant is.


RE: Please help ID this plant

Looks like a jerusalem cherry.

Here is a link that might be useful: Jerusalem cherry

RE: Please help ID this plant

It's not a pomegranite. Trust me on that.

It might be a Jerusalem cherry. Are you where it wouldn't freeze during the winter?

I think it's a solanum pseudocapsicum

Hi all: Thanks for answering.

Yes--I believe it's a "solanum pseudocapsicum" or Jerusalem Cherry. Might be variety "Red Giant" based on info in my garden ID book.

PeaBee4: I'm here in Middle TN, it can freeze, but the lady told me she does nothing to them and they come back year after year. So, I guess our temps are not a problem for them.

RE: Please help ID this plant

I guess by now you have figured out that it IS poisonous.

Yup it's poisonous if....

you consider "severe discomfort if digested" (as my ID book states) & other unpleasantries that will take place! :-)

I'll try my best at growing it, but will pass up any attempt at tasting!

Thanks again. CFB

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