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About Three Leaved Caper

Caper is a spiny, trailing, deciduous shrub native to the Mediterranean. The Hebrew word for Caper is tapher which actually means desire.

Capers are found in Jerusalem and around Nazareth and are offered as a sort of Hors d oeuvre to stimulate the appetite or to increase the desire to eat.

Plant Specifications

*above specification are indicative only. actual dimensions may vary by +-10%
Common Name Crataeva, Varuna
Maximum Reachable Height 2 m
Flower Colour yellowish- white
Bloom Time December to April
Difficulty Level easy to grow

Planting and care

Feed plants only sparingly; overfertilization can cause stems to break in the fall. You can add diluted fertilizer into the water, though avoid getting the fertilizer near the plant’s base; it may help to build a moat in a circle around the plant about 18 inches out.

Three Leaved Caper care

Caper bush likes hot summer temperatures and low humidity, apparently the leaves will sometimes develop odd pock marks on the surface if the humidity it too high. But it’s also very frost hardy, growing happily down to Zone 7. In cold climates (less than minus 10ºC = 15ºF) you can grow them in a pot and bring them inside during the winter. Caterpillars are the main pest threat, especially during summer.

Sunlight Full Sun
Watering Medium
Soil well-drained soil
Temperature 40°C
Fertilizer Apply any organic fertilizer

Three Leaved Caper special feature

Fruits are ovoid or ellipsoid, apiculate, 3-3.5 x about 2 cm, smooth; seeds 8-10, 6.5-7 x about 6 mm; stalks thin. Travancore Caper is endemic to Southern Western Ghats

Three Leaved Caper uses

Ornamental Use:

  • The plant is used for ornamental purpose

Medicinal Use:

  • Antioxidant, and it is used to cure renal calculi, helminthiasis, dysuria, inflammations, abscesses, to remove bladder stone and kidney stone

Culinary Use:

  • you could try caper butter on crusty bread, or capers as a stuffing for fish
  • Caper bush, Capparis spinosa, produces these unopened flower buds, which have been used in cooking for over 5000 years

Frequently Asked Questions

What is another name for a Three Leaved Caper ?

Three Leaved Caper is commonly known as Crataeva, Varuna

How tall do Three Leaved Caper grow?

On average Three Leaved Caper grows 2 m

What color are Three Leaved Caper ?

A Three Leaved Caper plant bears flowers of color yellowish- white

When Three Leaved Caper blooms?

With enough light, Three Leaved Caper may produce yellowish- white flowers in December to April

How hard is Three Leaved Caper to grow?

A Three Leaved Caper is easy to grow

How much sunlight does a Three Leaved Caper need?

A Three Leaved Caper prefers Full Sun

How much water does a Three Leaved Caper need?

A Three Leaved Caper prefers watering Medium

What kind of soil does a Three Leaved Caper need?

A Three Leaved Caper prefers well-drained soil

What temperature does a Three Leaved Caper like?

A Three Leaved Caper prefers 40°C

How often should I fertilize my Three Leaved Caper ?

To encourage Three Leaved Caper growth, Apply any organic fertilizer

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