I did some quick research about the pumpkin tree:
This is a bit of a cheat because the pumpkin tree is hardly a tree and more of a smallish plant. Solanum is simply the botanical name for a group of specific plants. This sub category is known as; Pumpkin Tree, Pumpkin on a Stick, Hmong Eggplant, and many others.
Florists use this for their fall arrangements and they’re also used in some Asian dishes like stir-frys. Ornamental Eggplant is what they call it.
While carving is out of the question this is a great family plant. Kids love them! You and your family can learn how to grow your own little pumpkin trees from this place or that place. Go to this website to find out how to grow your own.
I'm hiking myself over to central market tomorrow to see if I can buy some!!! I won't be adventurous enough to grow my own. I'll have to pass this on to my sister-in-law Rachel, she'd be the one to actually grow them in her backyard!
Supposedly they last about 3-4 weeks and cost about $12.00 a bundle.
What an splendid color splash this would add to any room!
Another quick note about Central Market
To to this link to see Central Market's website.
It finally feels like fall in Texas, get your pumpkin trees out!