Lycium andersonii A. Gray
Anderson wolfberry, Red-berry desert-thorn, Water jacket
Solanaceae (Potato Family)
USDA Symbol: lyan
Red-berry desert-thorn or Anderson wolfberry is a rounded, much-branched, spiny shrub from 3-6 ft. high. The leaves are broadly pear-shaped. Flowers occur from leaf axils, singly or in pairs. They are whitish-lavender and tubular and hang from a pedicel. Intricately branched, thorny shrub. Leaves: 1, thick and fleshy; shape and size variable, depending upon seasonal moisture. The fruit is round, red and fleshy.
The berries provide forage for such ground birds as Chukars and Gambel Quails. Black-chinned Hummingbirds are attracted by the flowers.
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Bloom InformationBloom Color: White , Purple
Bloom Time: Feb , Mar , Apr , May
DistributionUSA: AZ , CA , NM , NV , UT
Native Distribution: S. CA, e. to UT & NM; also n.w. Mex.
Native Habitat: Dry, stony hills, mesas & washes
Growing ConditionsLight Requirement: Sun
Soil Moisture: Dry
Soil Description: Dry, gravelly soils.
Conditions Comments: In nature, Anderson wolfberry may occur as a single plant or in thickets.
PropagationDescription: Propagation is possible by seed, hardwood cuttings, layering, or division of suckers.
Seed Collection: Ripe berries may be picked from the bushes in the fall and the seeds extracted by maceration.
Seed Treatment: Seed dormancy in this genus is variable. Seeds of some species may require stratification at 41 degrees for 60-120 days.
Commercially Avail: yes
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From the National Organizations DirectoryAccording to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is on display at the following locations:
Santa Barbara Botanic Garden - Santa Barbara, CA
Native Seed Network - Corvallis, OR
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Additional resourcesUSDA: Find Lycium andersonii in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Lycium andersonii in the Flora of North America (if available)
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MetadataRecord Modified: 2007-01-01
Research By: TWC Staff