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  • Shipped in ON, QC, NB, NS, PE

Lycium ruthenicum

Black Goji Berry, Russian Box Thorn, Black Fruit Wolfberry

Main interest:
black fruit
full sun, well drained soil, average water needs
Flower colour:
mauve, July to August
USDA Hardiness:
zone 5: -28.9 ° C (-20 ° F) View Zone Map
Mature height & width (max.):
height: 4 ft (1.2 m) width: 6 ft (1.8 m)

Native of central Asia, Black Goji Berry (Lycium ruthenicum) has traditionally been a high value medicinal plant. The berries are highly nutritious -  rich in Vitamins A, C and E and some essential fatty acids, which is unusual for berries of any kind. They can be eaten raw or cooked, although they should only be eaten when fully ripe. Flowers are lilac coloured and funnel shaped, attracting bees. Berries start out green, turning purple, and then black when fully ripe. A medium sized shrub, with small, greenish grey small leaves, and thorny branches, this plant does well in sunny locations. It can tolerate quite dry conditions, and nutritionally poor soil, making it a prime candidate for that difficult corner in your garden.

Please use availability information as a guide only. The weather is a fickle thing, and impacts when our plants are actually available for shipping. Please be aware that we are not answering emails regarding plants availability. The best advice we can give you is to check back once in a while, choose a size option and check the current stock.

$14.99 - $39.99

Ships ON, QC, NB, PE, NS
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