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Fremont's Wolfberry, Fremont's Desert-Thorn

Lycium fremontii

Details & Attributes


Plant Type(s) Shrub, perennial
Native to Arizona Yes!
Water Needs Low
Sun Full sun
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 10 °F
Leaf Description Rounded, semi-succulent
Fruit Small seeds inside a red fruit
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Elevation Range 300-4300 ft.
Ethnobotany Berries were eaten fresh; dried and eaten like raisins; and mashed to make into a beverage.
Description Fremont's wolfberry is found in southern and western Arizona. Indigenous groups such as the O'odham and Maricopa seemed to prize the fruit of this species above that of other wolfberries. Plants are frequently either male or female, so more than one plant may be necessary for fruit production.