Goji (Lycium barbarum) Also known as Wolfberry or Matrimony Vine. Native to Tibet, this ‘superfood’ can grow in almost any soil type, even depleted soils as long as it is well drained. The oblong bright orange-red fruit is most commonly dried, tasting like tart raisins, but they can also be eaten raw or added to soups and stews. The young leaves and shoots are popular in Cantonese stir-fries. In China it is sometimes referred to as the ‘plant of eternal life’ and in all fairness it does have amazing medicinal properties. The berries are packed with essential amino acids, vitamins and minerals which makes a potent elixir highly regarded as an immune system booster. Other claims include: improved vision, increased white blood cell counts, better liver function and stronger muscles and bones. An attractive 1.2-1.8 meter (4-6') tall shrub, gojis have small, light purple, bell-shaped flowers in spring. Later the arching branches are loaded with crimson-orange 2 cm (3/4”) berries. Potted



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(Lycium barbarum)
This fruiting shrub just keeps giving and giving! Small, light purple flowers start turning up on the arching branches in mid summer. By late summer the 2cm (3/4") long, crimson orange berries begin appearing. Although the jelly bean shaped fruit can remain hanging well after ripening, ideally they get picked once a week or so. You can keep doing this for several months if you wish. Phoenix Tears is a superior goji strain selected for hardiness, heavy production, and high nutritional value. The bush has a rounded form that matures at 120-150cm (4-5') high and wide. It does not insist on any maintenance or special treatment.



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