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Break out of your morning-glory rut and try something new in the world of vines. Solanum is a relative of the potato and the eggplant and if you look at its flowers, you'll see how. Shorter types are ideal for pots, planters, and windowboxes. Taller types can be trained up trellises. Bloom colors range from white to pale blue to deep purple. Many varieties have striking variegated foliage, so the plants look terrific even when they're not in bloom. While they're treated as annuals in most areas, many solanums are perennials in frost-free areas.