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Lycium andersonii (Desert Wolfberry, Thornbush)

Lycium andersonii
Desert Wolfberry, Thornbush, Water Jacket, Red-berry Desert-thorn, Anderson Wolfberry

This deciduous shrub has stiff, arching branches lined with tiny dark green leathery leaves, and tipped with sharp spines. It grows in desert washes and on rocky slopes in the Southwest. Clusters of small tubular lavender flowers are produced in the spring, followed by juicy red berries. This shrub is an important source of food and shelter for birds and animals. Plant in full sun, well-drained soils, and do not prune.

Plant Type Native, Shrub
Exposure Full Sun
Water Needs Low
Hardiness Zone Zone 8 (10° F)
Flower Color Lavender
Flower Season Spring
Growth Rate Slow
Height 4' - 6' (ft)
Spread 4' - 6' (ft)
Spacing 6' (ft)
Characteristics Edible, Fruit & Berries
Attracts Birds, Butterflies, Wildlife
Maintenance Low
Garden Uses Banks and Slopes, Beds and Borders, Patio and Containers
Tolerance Drought, Rocky Soil, Salt
Soil Type Chalk, Clay, Sand
Soil PH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Well-Drained
Image by: Wiki Commons
Image by: Wiki Commons

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