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botanical name:
Zygophyllum fontanesii
Zygophyllum fontanesii © Deeproot Plant Base
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common name:  Uvilla de Mar, Bean Caper
family:  Zygophyllaceae
characteristics: shrub, evergreen
height: 0.75m
width: 1.50m
growth rate: slow
growth habit: mounding
leaf colour: light green
flower colour: pink
fruit colour: orange
stem/bark: grey
main season: All Year
aspect: full sun
conditions: dry soil, sandy soil, coastal
preferred soil pH: any
minimum temp: -1°C
USDA zone: 10 to 11
description:
Tough, exposure resistant shrub of sandy and rocky coastal areas in mild climates. Branching woody stems carry cylindrical, fleshy leaves which are green when young, turning yellowish as they age. Some plants also exhibit purplish foliage, most especially in very exposed, sunny locations. Insignificant pinkish flowers and more noticeable orange coloured fleshy rounded fruit.



cultivation:
Grows near the sea on sand and rocky soils in full sun. Thrives in salty conditions (halophyte). Drought tolerant. Dificult to cultivate due to its very specific environmental requirements.

propagation:
From seed

other notes:
Endemic to coastal parts of North Africa, the Canaries and other mid Atlantic islands.

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