The bright orange fruit of the Kangaroo Apple growing in Milarri Garden.
Image: Rodney Start
Source: Museum Victoria
Botanical name: Solanum aviculare
The fleshy berries can be eaten but only when very ripe, often being placed in sand heaps to ripen. Unripe berries are poisonous. This plant was also used for contraception.
Kangaroo Apples are found in red gum habitat, wet sclerophyll forests and grassy open forest in Victoria, Queensland, New South Wales and Tasmania.
This soft woody shrub is fast-growing and requires regular pruning to stop it growing straggly. It grows to 1–3 m tall and 1–4 m wide. It requires well-drained soil in full sun or part shade.