A picture of a Caper

Caper

Capparis spinosa

Also known as

Flinders-Rose, Caperbush

Full Sun
Advanced care
Light watering
Frost Hardy

H4

RHS hardiness

-10°C

Minimum temperature

Expected size

Height
Spread

80cm

Max

1m

20cm

Min

20cm

Fruiting

  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

The unopened flower buds should be picked on a dry days, early in the morning when the buds are still tight. Harvesting is carried out regularly throughout the growing season.

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Capparis spinosa flower
Capparis spinosa shrub
Capparis spinosa shrub

Caper Overview

The caper is not actually a berry or even a fruit at all, but the unopened flower bud of the caper bush. Cleopatra was said to have served them at feasts to win the love of both Mark Anthony and Julius Caesar. Cultivation of caper bush is mostly often found in Spain and Africa.

Common problems with Caper

Caterpillars

    How to propagate Caper

    Division

    Seed

    Pre-soak seeds. Plant at a depth of 1 cm in well drained medium. Sowing depth of about 1 cm.

    Cuttings

    Collect growing caper berry cuttings in early Spring, with six to 10 buds on the cutting.

    Special features of Caper

    Drought resistant

    Plant flourish in dry conditions.

    Other uses of Caper

    Culinary. Medicinal.

    Edible

    Edible capers are the unopened flower buds of the caper berry. Could be eaten pickled, salted or fried.