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Box thorn

Lycium spp.

Also known as

Matrimony vine

Lycium fremontii az by Mike (CC BY-SA 4.0)

Full Sun
Light watering
Frost Hardy


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A close up of a purple Lycium flower and some green leaves
A bunch of purple Lycium flowers and green leaves
A close up of some purple Lycium flowers
Some purple flowers and green leaves of a Lycium plant
A photo of Box thorn

Box thorn Overview

Lycium is a genus of around 88 accepted species of deciduous or evergreen shrubs or scrambling climbers in the Solanaceae family. They have a wide distribution across most temperate and subtropical parts of the world with a centre of diversity in South America. Commonly known as box-thorn or desert-thorn, members of this genus have simple leaves and small trumpet-shaped flowers followed by red berries. They are often grown as a thorny hedging plant.

How to propagate Box thorn



Special features of Box thorn

Attractive flowers

Other uses of Box thorn

Grown for their habit, flowers and fruits. It is particularly useful for poor, dry soil and coastal gardens. May be used for hedging. Suitable for coastal conditions.