Potato - Solanum tuberosum

    Description

    Familiar to us all as a cultivated food crop. The leaves are pinnately divided, very lightly hairy and are usually dark green. The flowers are various shades of white, pink or purple, have 5 petals with the stamens in a bright yellow cone in the middle of the flower. The tubers we eat are the swollen underground stems of the plant.

    Identification difficulty
    Habitat

    Usually found as an escape from cultivation and growing close to habitation or allotments, especially on disturbed ground or in rubbish dumps.

    When to see it

    Normally flowering between May and August depending on the variety.

    Life History

    Annual.

    UK Status

    Widespread in Britain as an escape from cultivation which persists, at least for a while, in the wild.

    VC55 Status

    Occasional as an escape from cultivation in Leicestershire and Rutland. It was not recorded in the 1979 Flora survey of Leicestershire.

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    UK Map