Also known as
Nylandtia Spinosa, Skilpadbessiebos (Afr.), Cargoe, Mmaba
This plant has no fragrance
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Tortoise Berry Overview
A striking flowering shrub that has a mass of purple, pink and white pea-like flowers throughout winter (Apr - Oct). It is a rounded shrub with spines on the tips of the branches and has small narrow deciduous leaves. The fruits are small and rounded red fleshy fruits that are edible when ripe. The fruits attract tortoises and other animals. It has a moderate growth rate and quite hardy (water-wise and frost resistant). ZA Distribution: Eastern Cape, Northern Cape, Western Cape.
Common problems with Tortoise Berry
Generally problem free.
Tortoise Berry Companion Plants
Other sand loving plants.
How to harvest Tortoise Berry
Grows best from seeds. Fruits can be eaten when red in colour.
How to propagate Tortoise Berry
Sow in spring; spacing 1 m apart at a depth 1.5 times deeper than the size of the seed. Germination takes 2-3 weeks.
Special features of Tortoise Berry
Birds are attracted to the fruit.
Other uses of Tortoise Berry
The fruits are high in vitamin C and are thirst quenching.
Has a few traditional medicinal uses: cure for sleeplessness, abdominal pain, tuberculosis, bitter digestive, colds, flu's, bronchitis, malaria.
It makes a decorative garden shrub.