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Anderson's Wolfberry, Water Jacket

Lycium andersonii

Details & Attributes


Plant Type(s) Shrub, perennial
Native to Arizona Yes!
Water Needs Low
Sun Full sun, partial shade
Pollinators Bees, butterflies, hummingbirds
Has Spines No
Size
In relative feet, width by height
5' × 5'
Freeze Tolerant No
Flowering Season January-March
Flower Color Purple
Minimum Temperature Range 0-10 °F
Leaf Description Rounded, semi-succulent
Fruit Small seeds inside a red fruit
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Elevation Range 800-5600 ft.
Ethnobotany Berries were eaten fresh and dried, dried for winter use, boiled into mush or ground into flour, or made into a drink.
Description In Arizona the range of this plant covers the southern, western, and northern parts of the state. Like all wolfberries this plant is particularly notable for its tubular purple flowers and red, edible fruits. Wolfberry is an excellent addition to a wildlife garden because the flowers attract pollinators and the fruit are a good food source for birds. Lycium andersonii has separate male and female flowers, but they occur on the same plant, so one plant is all that's required for fruit production, which occurs in spring and early summer.