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Tortoise Berry

Muraltia scoparia

Also known as

Dune Berry, Skilpadbessie, Duinebessie

Full Sun
Moderate care
Tender

9a-10b

USDA zone

-7°C

Minimum temperature

Flowering

  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

More images of Tortoise Berry

Muraltia scoparia, flowers
Muraltia scoparia, in habitat

Tortoise Berry Overview

Identifying the species Muraltia spinosa and M. scoparia (formerly in the genus Nylandtia) using herbarium material only, can be misleading, as the habit and growth form of these species are quite distinct and not easily discerned from herbarium specimens. A recent trip to the West Coast from Darling up to the West Coast National Park helped to confirm the characteristics of these species. Both are very decorative during flowering and fruiting stages and M. scoparia is especially showy, creating a conspicuous pink to mauve display in the field. ZA Distribution: Western Cape.

Special features of Tortoise Berry

Attracts birds

Attracts butterflies

Drought resistant

Attracts bees

Other uses of Tortoise Berry

Edible