SOLANUM aethiopicum 'Striped Toga'
Plant Common Name
African Eggplant, Scarlet Eggplant, Striped Togo Scarlet Eggplant
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A curious alternative to growing tomatoes and eggplants in the edible garden, 'Striped Togo' bears golden orange fruits with green stripes. This tender perennial species is native to tropical, sub-Saharan Africa and is commonly called the scarlet or African eggplant.
Scarlet eggplant is a herbaceous, semi-woody subshrub, but it may be grown as a perennial or annual crop. Its large pointy leaves with short pointed side lobes look like those of an eggplant or oak. The leaf blades may or may not have spines, and are a medium to light green with bluish cast. The bushy plant becomes open in habit with many branches. It doesn't require staking. The lavender, five-petaled flowers occur during warm weather. Small, 3-inch-long (8 cm), narrowly oval fruits form after insect pollination. On 'Striped Togo', they are at first green and transition to yellow, then gold and finally some shade of ripe orange. They display thin streaks of deep green.
Grow Striped Togo scarlet eggplant in full sun in a fertile, moist but well-drained soil. Frost, soggy soil and excessive drought kill the plants. Grow this species in like manner as you would tomatoes or eggplants, starting seeds indoors six to eight weeks before the last spring frost date. After transplanting seedlings into the garden, expect to harvest fruits 70 to 85 days later. In tropical, frost-free regions, scarlet eggplant often fruits better in the warm dry season, as oppressive humidity and copious rains can undermine plant vigor and health.
Use 'Striped Togo' as a curious but pretty addition to a flower bed or vegetable garden. Cut fruit-filled branches for autumn vase bouquets. The fruits are edible but with a strong, non-bitter flavor that not all people will appreciate. They may be best if pickled.
AHS Heat Zone
12 - 8
USDA Hardiness Zone
10 - 15
H1, H2, 2a, 2b, 3a, 3b, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
Full Sun, Partial Sun
3'-6' / 0.9m - 1.8m
3'-5' / 0.9m - 1.5m
Bedding Plant, Cutflower, Edible, Feature Plant, Herb / Vegetable, Mixed Border, Tropical
Sharp or Has Thorns