Lycium andersonii Lycium andersonii Lycium andersonii
Common Name Waterjacket
Latin Name Lycium andersonii
Family / Origin Solanaceae /
Sunset zones / USDA zones 2-3, 7-13 / 8-11
Type / Form Shrub / Meduim
Native Habitat Southwestern deserts below 6,000 feet
Soil Dry, decomposed granite, sand, clay loam low in organic content, well drained
Water None to once per month
Exposure Full sun
Height X Width Maximum 4 feet by 2 feet, usual 3 feet by 18 inches
Protective Mechanism Thorns
Leaves Blue to grey-green, finely hairy
Flowers Light purple to nearly white flowers in early spring, red berries in fall
Bark / Roots Irregular, interlacing, shallow furrows with shreddy flat ridges; stiff, light brown but turning gray, and spine-tipped, leaves appear on short spurs
Maintenamce None
Propogation Seeds
Pests and Diseases None
Landscape Uses Erosion control, container, rock garden, barrier, low maintenance, specimen
Garden Suitability Songbird, Sonoran, Butterfly, Ethnobotanical
Nature Value Butterflies and bees use flowers, songbirds eat berries
Native American Uses Berries eaten
Links  
    Images and data http://www.calflora.net/bloomingplants/andersonthornbush.html
    Images and data http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lycium_andersonii
    Images and data http://swbiodiversity.org/seinet/taxa/index.php?taxon=3873
    Images and data http://www.mswn.com/Plant%20Info%20Sheets/Lycium%20andersonii.pdf
    Images and data http://ucjeps.berkeley.edu/cgi-bin/get_JM_treatment.pl?7625,7636,7637
    Images and data http://www.nazflora.org/Lycium_andersonii.htm
    Images and data http://davesgarden.com/guides/pf/go/109840/ 
    Images and data http://www.cnr.vt.edu/Dendro/dendrology/syllabus/factsheet.cfm?ID=651
    Images http://www.callutheran.edu/wf/des/family/des-94.htm
    Data http://www.pfaf.org/database/plants.php?Lycium+andersonii
    Data http://www.fs.fed.us/database/feis/plants/shrub/lycand/all.html
    Data http://www.wildflower.org/plants/result.php?id_plant=lyan
    Distribution http://plants.usda.gov/java/profile?symbol=LYAN
    Nursery, images, and data    http://www.laspilitas.com/plants/1083.htm
    Nursery, images, and data    http://www.cnplx.info/nplx/species?taxon=Lycium+andersonii
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