Kraaldoring, Corral Thorn
Lycium tetrandrum

Family: Solanaceae (so-lan-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Lycium (LY-see-um) (Info)
Species: tetrandrum (tet-RAN-drum) (Info)

Category:

Groundcovers

Perennials

Shrubs

Cactus and Succulents

Height:

4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

Spacing:

6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)

Hardiness:

USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)

USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)

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

Sun to Partial Shade

Danger:

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

Bloom Color:

White/Near White

Bloom Time:

Late Spring/Early Summer

Foliage:

Evergreen

Succulent

Other details:

Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping

This plant is fire-retardant

Soil pH requirements:

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

7.9 to 8.5 (alkaline)

Patent Information:

Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:

From woody stem cuttings

From seed; direct sow outdoors in fall

Seed Collecting:

Unknown - Tell us

Gardeners' Notes:

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Positive

On Apr 13, 2012, boomboer from Cape Town
South Africa wrote:

Corral Thorn grows freely up the arid Western coastal belt of vegetation of South Africa and Namibia, surviving almost exclusively off Atlantic fog in some areas.
It is very salt tolerant - some plants grow in depressions that get soaked in seawater during stormy spring tides with no apparent ill effect.
It is not the most pretty plant - being quite dull and shrubby with inconspicuously small flowers, but very suitable for stabilizing dunes or sand in desert areas - especially near the coast. It survives temperatures of over 110 F in nature.