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Woolly Caper Bush

Capparis tomentosa

Also known as


Full Sun
Moderate care


USDA zone


Minimum temperature


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More images of Woolly Caper Bush

Velvety leaves, pubescent branches, sharp hooked spines in the leaf axils (Wynand Uys, iSpot)
Pale yellowish green petals surround a tuft of white or pink stamens up to 30 mm long (Geoff Nichol))
Globose, pendulous fruits, up to 50 mm in diameter, red when mature (Wynand Uys, iSpot)
Capparis tomentosa, in flower and with old fruits (Antoinette Eyssell, iSpot)
Capparis tomentosa, in fruit (Quartus Grobler, iSpot)

Woolly Caper Bush Overview

Capparis tomentosa is a decorative garden plant that is used for hedging in many rural communities in South Africa. Its most popular common name, wag-‘n-bietjie (wait a minute), describes the use of the plant as a security barrier because of its hooked spines. ZA Distribution: Eastern Cape, KwaZulu-Natal, Limpopo, Mpumalanga.

Special features of Woolly Caper Bush

Attracts birds

Attracts butterflies

Attractive flowers

Wind break

Hedge plant

Attracts bees

Other uses of Woolly Caper Bush

Other uses