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PlantFiles: Zilla
Zilla spinosa

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Family: Brassicaceae (brass-ih-KAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Zilla
Species: spinosa (spy-NO-suh) (Info)

Category:
Herbs
Perennials
Shrubs

Height:
36-48 in. (90-120 cm)
4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

Spacing:
36-48 in. (90-120 cm)
4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)
6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)

Hardiness:
USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)
USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)
USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 C (40 F)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun

Danger:
Handling plant may cause skin irritation or allergic reaction
Plant has spines or sharp edges; use extreme caution when handling

Bloom Color:
Purple

Bloom Time:
Mid Spring
Late Spring/Early Summer

Foliage:
Succulent

Other details:
Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping

Soil pH requirements:
5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)
7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:
Patented

Propagation Methods:
By dividing the rootball
From seed; direct sow outdoors in fall
Direct sow as soon as the ground can be worked
From seed; direct sow after last frost

Seed Collecting:
Allow pods to dry on plant; break open to collect seeds
Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds
Wear gloves to protect hands when handling seeds
Properly cleaned, seed can be successfully stored

Profile:

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Gardeners' Notes:

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Neutral IRFAN_LODHI On Feb 14, 2010, IRFAN_LODHI from faisalabad
Pakistan (Zone 10b) wrote:

(Zilla spinosa)
some common names :(Turra) Prantl ,Silla, Sillet, Besilla, Basilla, Shagaret el-hommoos, Ommo, Hommoos.
is awidely shrub grows in Arabiab,African and Egyption desert and dried areas full of spines .
Zilla has medicinal properties in itself . its flowers seed pods and root extract are used in different medicines . when it blooms the light purple flowers enhances the dried desert .



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