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Berry Plant (Lycium barbarum)
is also known as Duke of Argyll's tea tree,
Chinese Wolfberry, Matrimony Vine and many more common names in
many languages.The plant we
specialize in, Lycium barbarum L, was brought from China
in 1949 via Guangdong
Province, where the family lived, via
Macaua, Hong Kong, Canada and ended up in Southwest
Missouri where the family finally settled.
edible foliage is usually more important than the
berries throughout Asia, but
the berries are
packed with vitamins and antioxidants.
They are the same
berries sold in
health food stores.
of our main Botany Shop variety, we will refer to as "Botany
Goji", are more oval than the narrow leaf
variety we. With the two varieties together they will
cross-pollinate and produce berries on
the first year.
Note: Honey bees are the best
of "Botany Goji" is or can be more
important than the berries. The leaf is eaten more than
the berries throughout
most of Asia. The leaf is a high tonnage yield plant and many Asian homes
have the plant growing for the leaves only.
It is cooked in soups and stews and is a main healthy
vegetable. It is sold in stores and vegetable stands as
a bundleof 10-12 inch long fresh leaves on the stem.
commercial production of leaves the young leafy stems
are usually cut, giving a hedge like appearance to the
These hedges or individual plants are cut many times
throughout the season with high tonnage yield of soft
excellent botanical description of the species we sell
go to the following link:
Our variety will grow from mid-Florida to at
least parts of Montana.In the mid 1860,s, the contract Chinese railroad and
mining workers had their own cooks who also brought and
foliage to feed their co-workers while they lived and
worked building the first trans-continental railroad,
and worked in the
gold, silver, and coal mines. The wide oval
"Botany Goji" is the same species that is
naturalized throughout Wyoming,
Montana, Utah and all the western
states, where the Chinese worked and
"Botany Goji": Basic Information and Traditional Uses
Goji is a 6-8 feet tall bush. From summer to the first heavy frosts the
covered by purple and white (on the same plant)
trumpet-shaped flowers, which turn into small
bright red berries.
Although Goji plant can grow in almost any type of soil,
it prefers well drained soils of moderate to good quality.
The fresh or dried berries are praised most often, but
other parts of the plant can also be used in medicine or
vegetable (the young shoots and new leaves are usually