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A picture of a Cape Box Thorn

Cape Box Thorn

Lycium ferocissimum

Also known as

Honey Thorn, Snake-Berry, African Box Thorn, Ubovu

Full Sun
Easy care


USDA zone


Minimum temperature


  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

More images of Cape Box Thorn

Lycium ferocissimum, fragrant flowers are solitary or in pairs.
Lycium ferocissimum, smooth orange-red berries throughout the year.
Lycium ferocissimum, in habitat, Postberg, Western Cape.

Cape Box Thorn Overview

A spiny, evergreen shrub with attractive red berries, that are borne sporadically throughout the year and make it a perfect plant to attract birds to the garden. ZA Distribution: Eastern Cape, Free State, Western Cape.

Special features of Cape Box Thorn

Attracts birds

Drought resistant

Wind break

Hedge plant

Other uses of Cape Box Thorn

Other uses