A fairly rare, once wild tomato bearing 2-4oz, red ripening fruits that are more or less identical to regular tomatoes. Some people label this species as a subspecies of the common tomato and there are a number of crosses and sub-varieties.
Medium growing plants are similar in growth habit to the common tomato. Foliage is quite pretty and this species is easily one of the most attractive tomato plants for ornamental purposes. Flowers are canary-yellow, born in clusters with subtle but noticable differences from common tomato flowers. Fruits grow to 2-4oz and have a typical tomato flavor.
Grown as an annual. Not frost hardy.
Grow just like any tomato. Water regularly. Grow in moist, rich, well-drained soil. Grow in full sun. Plants seem to set fruit best in warm weather and are shy bearers in cool weather.
Grown for its fruit, which match up fine with standard tomato varieties. The plant is also grown as an ornamental and a curiosity. It may also have some genetic use for cross-breeding with common tomatoes.