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A picture of a Woolly Caper Bush

Woolly Caper Bush

Capparis tomentosa

Also known as

Nkawa

Full Sun
Moderate care
Tender

8a-11b

USDA zone

-12°C

Minimum temperature

Flowering

  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

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

Edible

Medicinal