Pale Desert-Thorn
Lycium pallidum

Family: Solanaceae (so-lan-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Lycium (LY-see-um) (Info)
Species: pallidum (PAL-lid-dum) (Info)

Category:

Perennials

Shrubs

Foliage Color:

Blue-Green

Bloom Characteristics:

Unknown - Tell us

Water Requirements:

Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us

Height:

18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)

8-10 ft. (2.4-3 m)

Spacing:

Unknown - Tell us

Hardiness:

USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)

Sun Exposure:

Sun to Partial Shade

Danger:

Plant has spines or sharp edges; use extreme caution when handling

Bloom Color:

Pale Green

Bloom Time:

Late Winter/Early Spring

Mid Spring

Foliage:

Deciduous

Smooth-Textured

Leathery-Textured

Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

Soil pH requirements:

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:

Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:

Unknown - Tell us

Seed Collecting:

Remove fleshy coating on seeds before storing

Regional

This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Oracle, Arizona

Las Vegas, Nevada

Gardeners' Notes:

3
positives
0
neutrals
0
negatives
RatingContent
Positive

On Feb 19, 2012, kinderegg from Las Vegas, NV wrote:

I currently have this in a pot of native desert soil, amended only with a bit of compost. It is doing well, my dog uprooted it when I first got it but I repotted it and it is taking off now.

Positive

On Jun 1, 2008, syswriter from Oracle, AZ wrote:

While most sources say the berries are red, they ripen from green to red to dark purple.
This plant is most often 2 to 6 feet tall, but a 10 foot tall Rabbit Thorn tree has been found in Oracle, Arizona, growing next to a Velvet Mesquite in a small canyon.
The plant is very thorny. The green flowers may make it difficult for pollinators to find because few berries are found after blooming.
The roots are woody and perennial.

Positive

On Feb 5, 2007, MitchF from Lindsay, OK (Zone 7a) wrote:

Also called Wolfberry, very thorny to 6foot. Often the marker of ancient campsites. Cold stratify for 60 days before sowing.