S. boliviense is a wild relative of the domesticated potato and is native to Bolivia and northern Argentina. Plants are small and low growing. Tubers are small and usually white, occasionally partly purple and very rarely fully purple. While they are edible in very small amounts, this species doesn’t generally yield enough to grow for that purpose. Instead, S. boliviense is used in breeding programs to introduce wild traits to domesticated potatoes, particularly frost resistance. Our wild potatoes are not fully isolated, so while most of the seeds will be purely S. boliviense, some may be crossed with other wild or domesticated potatoes. Any that are crossed may well turn out to be the most interesting of the batch. S. boliviense has an endosperm balance number of 2, so will generally need to be crossed to diploid potatoes in order to introduce traits to tetraploids.
25 seeds collected from mixed varieties or 3 tubers. The tubers may be of more than one variety or all the same.