Caper Bush

Capparis spinosa

Flinders Rose, Caperberry

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The caper is not actually a berry or even a fruit at all, but the unopened flower bud of the caper bush. Cleopatra was said to have served them at feasts to win the love of both Mark Anthony and Julius Caesar. Cultivation of caper bush is mostly often found in Spain and Africa.

Planning

Difficulty

Advanced

Flowering time

Summer, Spring

Fruiting time

Summer

Harvesting

The unopened flower buds should be picked on a dry days, early in the morning when the buds are still tight. Harvesting is carried out regularly throughout the growing season.

Propagation

Seed

Pre-soak seeds. Plant at a depth of 1 cm in well drained medium. Sowing depth of about 1 cm.

Cuttings

Collect growing caper berry cuttings in early Spring, with six to 10 buds on the cutting.

Special features

Drought resistant

Plant flourish in dry conditions.

Special features

Origin

Mediterranean

Natural climate

Semi-arid or Arid

Environment

Light

Full Sun

Soil moisture

Dry

Soil type

Clay, Loam, Sand

Soil PH preference

Neutral

Frost hardiness

Hardy

Uses

Edible

Edible capers are the unopened flower buds of the caper berry. Could be eaten pickled, salted or fried.

Notes

Culinary. Medicinal.

Personality

Family

Capparaceae

Flower colour

Pink, White

Scent

Mild

Problems

Caterpillars