Botanical Name: Lycium barbarum
General description: Deciduous perennial shrub with long, narrow leaves and bright orange/red fruit. Drought tolerant once established. Fast growing, disease resistant. Makes a great hedge when pruned to shape. Reported to be full of antioxidants, amino acids and essential fatty acids. May interfere with some medications; consult before consuming.
Flavor: Slightly sweet flavor, can be eaten fresh or dried like raisins.
Growth habit: Can grow in pots; specimen will be smaller as growth habit is controlled by depth of pot.
Grows quickly when in ground: up to 10'h x 4'w. Prune to shape; spreads easily.
Bloom Season: Light purple bell shaped flowers in May. Blooms through September.
Harvest: Harvest when soft and ripe: July-November.
Sun Needs: Likes full (6 hours) to half day sun.
Soil/Water Needs: Tolerant of many soil conditions and drought resistant.
Planting/care notes: Self fertile.