Capparis spinosa
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Capparis spinosa


  family capparaceae 
  genus capparis 

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Genus  Capparis Species  spinosa Variety  Cultivar  Common names  caper Family  CAPPARACEAE Specimen number  S6860 Data source  MedPl p180;Frgnt p329
Life cycle
Life form  Terrestrial Life cycle  Various Life span    Annual cycle  Not applicable Stature  Various Growth form  Not applicable Growth habit  Various Overall height    Overall spread   
Sunshine  Various Water  Various Optimal soil texture  Various Acceptable soil pH  Various USDA hardiness  Not classified AHS heat zones  Not classified Sunset climate zones  Not classified
Suitable for gardens  no Nursery  Unknown Compost  no Size at acquisition  Unknown Garden location  Unknown Garden notes  Capparis spinosa has buds that are mildly spicy.
Special qualities
Tolerates drought  no Tolerates high humidity  no Tolerates seaside conditions  no Insect resistant  no Disease resistant  no Deer resistant  no Best uses    Symbiosis  Attracts butterflies  no Attracts hummingbirds  no Autumn foliage  no Colorful berries  no Desirable qualities    Other interest    Other interest color  Other interest period   
Adverse factors
Common pests  Poisonous parts  Poisonous indications  Internal poison  no Dermatologic poison  no Livestock poison  no Mechanical injury  no Hay fever pollen    Hay fever season    Adverse qualities   
Herbal medicine
Medicinal properties  laxative   bitter   diuretic   detoxifier   hemostatic Medicinal parts  Root bark   Bark   Flower buds Has medicinal uses  yes Do not self-administer  no Do no use if pregnant  no Legally restricted  no Toxicity precautions  Medicinal notes  Capparis spinosa has herbal applications as a laxative, as a bitter, as a diuretic and as a detoxifier. See the medicinal properties section for even more traditional herbal uses. The root bark as well as the bark and the flower buds are used in herbal preparations.
Traditional uses
Parts used  Traditional uses  Contemporary uses  Fragrance  aromatic and spicy unopened buds are edible Fragrance parts  Buds Fragrance intensity  Mild Fragrance category  Spicy Dye parts  Dye color 
Propagule  Various Pollination method    Planting style    Crop spacing    Row spacing    Cold frame  Planting period    Harvesting period    Frost tolerance    Heat requirement    Fertilizer  Typical Time to harvest 
Is edible  no Culinary uses  Nutritional value  Edible parts  Description of edible parts Flavor / texture 
Horticulture notes  Capparis spinosa is a native plant in the natural environment.
Tag needs printing  no Collection notes 

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Last reviewed November 01, 2004   


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