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Milberger's Nursery and Landscaping
3920 North Loop 1604 E.
San Antonio, TX 78247

Open 9 to 6 Mon. through Sat.
and 10 to 5 on Sun.

Three exits east of 281, inside of 1604
Next to the Diamond Shamrock station
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Jerusalem Cherry--Ornamental and Deer Resistant

Jerusalem cherry, Solanum pseudocapsicum, has care needs similar to the Christmas peppers. It bears starlike 1/2-inch white flowers from July to September, followed by round orange-scarlet or yellow berries. The berries are not cherries at all, and are poisonous--so keep them well away from children. The fruit may cling to the plant for two months if kept in an environment of 50 degrees F. to 60 degrees F. during the day and at 45 degrees F. to 55 degrees F. at night.

The Jerusalem cherry (Solanum pseudocapsicum) is a plant belonging to the same family as deadly nightshade, whose fruit are also poisonous. These perennials can be grown decoratively as a house plant, but in some areas of Australia the plant has become a weed. The fruit is considered poisonous and deer WILL NOT eat the foliage or fruit.

The plant is perennial in zones up to USDA 8. Native to Peru, they can survive frosts and cold weather. They generally live up to 10 years, producing fruit usually in their 2nd or 3rd year, and every year after that. Their fruit is extremely similar to cherry tomatoes (as they share the same genus with tomatoes) in taste and texture, and are therefore easily confused with them. S. pseudocapsicum's poison is primarily solanocapsine, which is similar to other alkaloids found in their genus, such as solanine and atropine. Although the toxin is poisonous, it is generally not life threatening. It may cause gastric problems, including vomiting and gastroenteritis. Some folks from Tennessee eat the fruit but we eat road-kill too!! It is thought that only RedBirds (Cardinals) eat the fruit.