Thornbush Wolfberry

Lyceum exsertum

Drought deciduous thorny shrub that is a great nectar source, larval host and bird nesting habitat.

Flowers: J F M A M J J A S O N D
Status: Native
Origin: Southwestern AZ and Mexico at elevations from 2,000 – 4,000′, common along washes and on dry slopes.
Family: Solanaceae, Nightshade or Potato Family
Size: 8′ – 12′
Sun: Full plus reflected heat
Watering: Supplemental
Growth Rate: Slow
Soil: Tolerant
Temperature: Hardy to 10 degrees F
Pruning: None
Disease and Pests:
Uses: Host for Mexican Agapema Silkmoth, Sphinx moths, Prominent moths, Crambid Snout moths. Special value to native bees. Nectar for Hummingbirds and insects. Bird nest habitat.
Notes: Leaves come and go with cold, beginning of summer, or drought


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