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Capparis spinosa - Plant

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capparis-spinosa
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The plant is best known for the edible flower buds often used as a seasoning, and the fruit,both of which are usually consumed pickled.
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Description for Capparis spinosa

Plant height: 3 - 6 inches
Plant spread:

Capparis spinosa, the caper bush, also called Flinders rose, is a perennial plant that bears rounded, fleshy leaves and large white to pinkish-white flowers.

Common name(s): Caper, Caperbush, Common caperbush, Spiny caperbush
Flower colours: purple
Bloom time: May to September
Max reachable height: 2.00 to 3.00 feet
Difficulty to grow: easy to grow

Planting and care

Caper bush grows well in very dry conditions as they come from the Mediterranean, northern Africa and the Middle East, which means they prefer similar conditions to grapes, olives and pistachios. Morocco, Spain, Italy, Greece and Turkey all have commercial caper growing industries.

Sunlight: Full sun
Soil: well-drained soil
Water: Dry to medium
Temperature: 40C
Fertilizer: Apply any organic fertilizer

Caring for Capparis spinosa

    The caper bush grows as a low mounding shrub with arching red stems and dark green, semi-succulent leaves. The flower buds are edible and if left unpicked they will form pinkish-white flowers that are delicately scented.

Typical uses of Capparis spinosa

Special features: Interesting flowering shrub for dry sunny areas of the landscape. Source of culinary capers. Infrequently grown in U.S. gardens.

Culinary use: The plant is best known for the edible flower buds (capers), often used as a seasoning, and the fruit (caper berries), both of which are usually consumed pickled. Other species of Capparis are also picked along with C. spinosa for their buds or fruits.

Ornamental use: The plant is used for ornamental purpose. Its generally kep indoor in living room and in terrac area.

Medicinal use:

References

  • http://www.missouribotanicalgarden.org/
  • http://www.flowersofindia.net/

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