Goji Berry Black

Lycium Ruthenicum

Black Goji or wolfberry By Yuriy75 [GFDL,CC BY 3.0] (Photo Credits)

Close relative of the Red Goji, the Black Goji is native to China where is has been used extensively in Chinese Medicine for centuries. It is high in Vitamins A, E, C, Anthocyanins, and essentially fatty acids. Berries are eaten either fresh or dried, and can be added to water to dye this a deep, rich shade of royal blue. A handful of dried berries is sufficient to dye 2L of liquid very effectively. Shrub plant ( up to a maximum of 2M) with sparse foliage not unlike Rosemary in appearance, that will thrive in very poor, low nutrient and even saline affected soils. Good drainage and full sun position necessary.Safety Warning: Although no cases of Toxicity have been reported with respect to L. Ruthenicum, it is nonetheless a member of the nightshade family (Solanacea) which does include many toxic members. Care should thus be taken to not consume leaves, or under ripe berries.


Specifications of Goji Berry Black

Preferred Climate Warm Temperate, Cool TemperateLearn About Climate Zones

Grown From SeedlingLearn About Propagation Methods

Max Height (when in the ground with good conditions) 1-2m

Plants required to Pollinate 1 (Self Pollinating)Learn about Pollination

Can it Handle Frosts? Yes

Amount of leaves in Winter? No Leaves (Deciduous)

Quarantine Restrictions to these Areas WA

Suitability in Pots Yes

Water Requirements Moderate Watering

Is it a Dwarf Fruit Tree? Can be pruned to 2m

Time to Fruit/Flower/Harvest 2-3 Years

Sun or Shade Full (Sun:80%-100%)

Preferred Soil Type Good Drainage

Soil pH Neutral (6.6-7.3pH)

Fruiting/Harvest Months February, March, April, May

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