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Climbing Num Num

Carissa spinarum

Also known as

Small Num Num

Carissa edulis MS 1408 by [1] (CC BY-SA 3.0)

Full Sun
Easy care
Light watering
Tender

H3-H1c

RHS hardiness

-5°C

Minimum temperature

Expected size

Height
Spread

6m

Max

50cm

1m

Min

20cm

Flowering

  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

This plant has a mild fragrance

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Overview

Carissa edulis or climbing num-num is a multi-branched, multi-stemmed spiny evergreen shrub or small tree, often growing up to 6 m tall and forms a dense canopy. All parts of the plant release white non-toxic milky latex. Young branches are green, smoothly covered with short hair, and older branches and stems become light brown and corky with deep cracks. The plant is covered in up to 7 cm long rigid spines that are not forked. Leaves are leathery, with smooth margins and are dark green above and paler below, growing either with or without hair. In addition to its fruits and flowers, it also makes a good hedging plant!

Common problems

Not specified

    Harvesting

    One can pick the fruit once ripened. This occurs in the summertime.

    Propagation

    Seed

    The seeds should be spaced 40 - 70cm from one another, and be sown at a depth as thick as the seed. The germination time is expected to be between 7-14 days.

    Cuttings

    Special Features

    Attracts birds

    Hedge plant

    Attractive flowers

    Indoor plant

    Wind break

    Uses

    Fuel. Pain killer. Treats malaria, indigestion and for abnormal pains during pregnancy. Treatment of dysentery. Remedy for chest complaints. Ease stomach ache, as a cough remedy or is dropped into the eye for cataract problems. Treats cancer and herpes.

    Medicinal

    The Climbing Num-num serves a number of medicinal purposes including treating chest and stomach pains, indigestion and can to treat abnormal pains during pregnancy.

    Edible

    The small round fruits, which turn dark purple when ripe, are sweet and can be eaten as such or be made into a jam.

    Edible

    Medicinal