Lycium brevipes     
Solanaceae Family     

Compiled by the Master Gardeners
of the University of Arizona Pima County Cooperative Extension.


Form: large mounding shrub
Seasonality: evergreen
red berries
berry cluster on Lycium brevipes


Size: to 12ft with equal spread; moderate growth rate
Leaves: tiny, thick, simple, green to blueish or graying green
Flowers: white to lavender; attractive close up but not as showy as berry display
Fruit: small red berries; abundant and showy
Stems/Trunks: gray, woody
Range/Origin: Southern California and northwest Mexico
Hardiness: hardy


Wolfberry bush
mature specimen of Lycium brevipes


Research by Master Gardener Toni Moore

flower close-up
flower detail

aka Desert thorn, Baja desert thorn
aka Lycium hassei or Lycium brevipes var. hassei
many plants in the Lycium genus are known as Wolfberry or Desert thorn

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