Pumpkin on a Stick
October 22, 2011, 10:14 am
It is always fun to try new plants in the garden and a new one for me this year is a novelty plant called ‘Pumpkin on a Stick’, (Solanum integrifolium). This is a summer annual and is not a pumpkin at all, but an eggplant. I do not know if it is edible but I would not recommend it as while this family of plants includes tomatoes and potatoes, it also has some poisonous plants. I suggest growing it as a novelty plant and just enjoy the fruit as ornamental.
Small flowers appear along the stems in the summer and then the small fruits began to form. It was obvious to see how it got the name ‘Pumpkin on a Stick’ and the fruits look just like small pumpkins. There are thorns along the stems and on the leaves so it is not a child friendly plant!
My plants have many small pumpkin shape fruits and most are still green but I notice that some are beginning to turn orange. I was at a New Season Market recently and they had some stems for sale with orange pumpkin-like fruit. I think it would make a nice fall flower arrangement and the colors are certainly appropriate for Halloween.