Scientific nameThis is a fast growing shrub, able to survive the coastal winds. A traditional food plant, this little-known fruit has potential to improve nutrition, boost food security, foster rural development and support sustainable landcare.
It is best grown from seed, but can also be grown from cuttings. Fill the seed tray with soil and compact lightly. Treat seed with a pre-emergence fungicide and sow in the tray, cover the seed with a thin layer of soil or compost and water well. Store tray in a wind-free area. Once germinated, replant seedlings into well-composted soil. Seedlings can be fed with a liquid fertilizer.
Plant 1 m apart to form a dense, impenetrable hedge in full sun to semi-shade in good garden soil, enriched with compost. It can be pruned if necessary.
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This table below shows how many plants we are trying to obtain for this species.
Conservation status: Least Concern
This species was selected because it has various important characteristics.
This is a bird-friendly species
It provides medicinal value
Easy to grow
It provides food for:
Carissa macrocarpa is indigenous to: Cape Flats Dune Strandveld
This species is not very suitable to be grown in bare terrain. However, if other vegetation is already established then it makes a good addition. After a year of care, little watering will be necessary.