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Pale Desert-Thorn (Lycium pallidum)

  • Pale Desert-Thorn (Lycium Pallidum) http://www.sagebud.com/pale-desert-thorn-lycium-pallidum
    Credit: Stan Shebs | Own work | License: CC-BY-SA-2.5 CC-BY-SA-3.0-migrated GFDL
  • Pale Desert-Thorn (Lycium Pallidum) http://www.sagebud.com/pale-desert-thorn-lycium-pallidum
    Credit: Stan Shebs | Own work | License: CC-BY-SA-2.5 CC-BY-SA-3.0-migrated GFDL
  • Pale Desert-Thorn (Lycium Pallidum) http://www.sagebud.com/pale-desert-thorn-lycium-pallidum
    Credit: Stan Shebs | Own work | License: CC-BY-SA-2.5 CC-BY-SA-3.0-migrated GFDL
  • Pale Desert-Thorn (Lycium Pallidum) http://www.sagebud.com/pale-desert-thorn-lycium-pallidum
    Credit: Stan Shebs | Own work | License: CC-BY-SA-2.5 CC-BY-SA-3.0-migrated GFDL
  • Pale Desert-Thorn (Lycium Pallidum) http://www.sagebud.com/pale-desert-thorn-lycium-pallidum
    Credit: David H. Kinder | http://www.nps.gov/c... | License: PD US Government PD US NPS
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Lycium Pallidum, or more commonly know as Pale Desert-Thorn, is a shrub with green foliage and purple flowers of the genus Lycium. It has a moderate growth rate and a height of 6 feet at maturity. Its duration is perennial which means it will grow year after year. It's active growth period is summer, blooms during early spring, is intolerant of shade and is routinely available commercially. Lycium Pallidum or Pale Desert-Thorn's floral region is North America US Lower 48, specifically in the states of Arizona, California, Colorado, New Mexico, Nevada, Oklahoma, Texas and Utah.

  • Category: Dicot
  • Genus: Lycium
  • Family: Solanaceae
  • Order: Solanales
  • Class: Magnoliopsida
  • Division: Magnoliophyta
  • Duration: Perennial
  • Growth Habit: Shrub
  • Native Status: L48 (N)
  • Active Growth Period: Summer
  • After Harvest Regrowth Rate: Slow
  • Allelopath: No
  • Bloat: None
  • C:N Ratio: High
  • Coppice Potential: No
  • Fall Conspicuous: Yes
  • Fire Resistance: No
  • Flower Color: Purple
  • Flower Conspicuous: Yes
  • Foliage Color: Green
  • Foliage Porosity Summer: Moderate
  • Foliage Porosity Winter: Porous
  • Foliage Texture: Medium
  • Fruit/Seed Conspicuous: Yes
  • Growth Form: Multiple Stem
  • Growth Rate: Moderate
  • Height at 20 Years Maximum (feet): 8
  • Height Mature (feet): 6
  • Leaf Retention: No
  • Lifespan: Moderate
  • Low Growing Grass: No
  • Resprout Ability: No
  • Shape and Orientation: Rounded
  • Toxicity: None
  • Adapted to Coarse Textured Soils: Yes
  • Adapted to Fine Textured Soils: No
  • Adapted to Medium Textured Soils: Yes
  • Anaerobic Tolerance: None
  • CaCO3 Tolerance: High
  • Cold Stratification Required: No
  • Drought Tolerance: High
  • Fertility Requirement: Low
  • Fire Tolerance: Low
  • Frost Free Days Minimum: 140
  • Hedge Tolerance: High
  • Moisture Use: Medium
  • pH (Minimum): 7
  • pH (Maximum): 8.5
  • Planting Density per Acre Minimum: 50
  • Planting Density per Acre Maximum: 600
  • Precipitation (Minimum): 10
  • Precipitation (Maximum): 15
  • Root Depth Minimum (inches): 12
  • Salinity Tolerance: Low
  • Shade Tolerance: Intolerant
  • Temperature Minimum (°F): -13
  • Bloom Period: Early Spring
  • Commercial Availability: No Known Source
  • Fruit/Seed Abundance: High
  • Fruit/Seed Period Begin: Summer
  • Fruit/Seed Period End: Fall
  • Fruit/Seed Persistence: Yes
  • Propagated by Bare Root: Yes
  • Propagated by Bulbs: No
  • Propagated by Container: Yes
  • Propagated by Corms: No
  • Propagated by Cuttings: Yes
  • Propagated by Seed: Yes
  • Propagated by Sod: No
  • Propagated by Sprigs: No
  • Propagated by Tubers: No
  • Seed per Pound: 5000
  • Seed Spread Rate: Slow
  • Seedling Vigor: Medium
  • Small Grain: No
  • Vegetative Spread Rate: None




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