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Lycium californicum

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Lycium californicum

Species Name: Lycium californicum
Common Name: California Box Thorn

Box thorn makes an excellent barrier plant due to its thorny branches. It is also a good bird plant, since its berries attract birds and the thorns act as a deterrent to predators such as the family cat.

Plant Family: Solanaceae
Plant Type: Shrub
Height by Width: 5-10' H x 5-10' W
Growth Habit: Mounding shrub
Deciduous/Evergreen: Evergreen
Growth Rate: Moderate
Sun Exposure: Full sun
Soil Preference: Well-draining
Water Requirements: Drought-tolerant to moderate
Cold Hardy to:
Flower Season: Spring/Summer
Flower Color: White to lavender
Endangered?: List 4.2
Distribution: Southern South Coast, Channel Islands
Natural Habitat: Coastal bluffs, coastal sage scrub below 450'

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