CilindrilloBerlandier’s Wolfberry

Desert Thorn, Wolfberry, Tomatillo, Cilindrillo

Lycium berlandieri Dunal

Whole plant

Family : Solanaceae

Longevity : Perennial

Origin : Native

Season : Warm

Berlandier Wolfberry is a spiny shrub measuring seven feet in height. It can be found in various soil types of the South Texas Plains and the Edwards Plateau. Two to five leaves grow from the same place on a branch, each 3/8 to 1 inch long. Wolfberry has no leaves from April to September, with the leaves growing back during the winter. The blue, lavender, or white flowers bloom from February to October. The fruit is a small red berry and is eaten by small birds and mammals, such as chachalacas and racoons. Wolfberry is browsed by white-tailed deer and occasionally by livestock.

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