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* Anderson’s Wolfberry – Lycium andersonii

(LISS-ee-um an-der-SOW-nee-eye)

Family: Solanaceae (Nightshade Family)
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Lycium andersonii


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Lycium andersonii

  1. 1. * Anderson’s Wolfberry – Lycium andersonii (LISS-ee-um an-der-SOW-nee-eye) Family: Solanaceae (Nightshade Family) Native to: Foothills and desert areas from S. CA to New Mexico and S. to Baja. Locally in the Mojave desert; dry, stony hills, mesas & desert washes, usually below 4000 ft. woody perennial shrub mature height:4-8+ ft. mature width:4-8+ ft. Many-branched, rounded spiny shrub. Leaves are thick, fleshy, of variable size & shape depending on moisture. Foliage very dense – provides good cover. In nature, grows singly or in clumps. Growth characteristics: Blooms in spring, sometime between Mar & May. Flowers are tubular, whitelavender in color, small but pretty up close. Hummingbirds like the nectar. Fruit is an edible orange fruit – eaten raw, dried or cooked. Berries are very showy in Summer/Fall. Blooms/fruits: Uses in the garden: Most often used as a hedge or large shrub in water-wise Southwestern gardens. Good for hillsides & erosion control. Excellent habitat plant (see below). palette gardens, particularly as it is a larger shrub. Nice addition for desert Sensible substitute for: Non-native shrubs. Excellent all-round habitat plant. Dense foliage provides cover, perches & nesting sites for birds, small animals. Fruits and seeds eaten by birds. Attracts: Requirements: Element Sun Soil Water Fertilizer Other Requirement Full sun to light shade. Well-drained – sandy to gravelly is best; Dry (Zone 1-2) to semi-dry (Zone 2 – probably best in garden setting) None – low needs. Tolerates maritime exposure, salty soils/water. Management: Prune to shape, if desired. Remove dead branches. Propagation: from seed: yes; fresh seed Long-lived and hardy. by cuttings: use growth hormone; difficult Plant/seed sources (see list for source numbers): 1, 10, 13, 16, 21 * CA native plant – probably not native to Western L.A. county 1/29/10 © Project SOUND