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Silver Wolfberry, Silvery Wolfberry, Hairy Wolfberry
Lycium puberulum var. berberioides (L. berberioides)


Silver wolfberry grows on rocky, gravelly or clay hills and flats in association with creosote bush (Larrea tridentata) along the Rio Grande in Presidio and Brewster Counties of South Texas, where it is endemic (native only to a particular area). It is spiny, and may be sparingly or profusely branched. The grey, glaucous (covered with a waxy bloom) leaves give the entire plant a silvery or dusty aspect and emphasize the dark brown stems. Tubular, whitish spring flowers are green-lined within the tube and are followed in June by the dry, hardened red berry. Both drought and cold will cause Texas Lyciums to shed their leaves.

Plant Habit or Use: small shrub

Exposure: sun
partial sun

Flower Color: greenish white

Blooming Period: spring

Fruit Characteristics: dry, hardened red berry

Height: 3 1/2 feet

Width: 1 to 2 feet

Plant Character: deciduous

Heat Tolerance: very high

Water Requirements:

Soil Requirements: adaptable

USDA Hardiness Zone: 8

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