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Mon Jul 27, 2020, 05:34 PM

Natal Plum in flower




The flowers are intensely fragrant and become round red fruits which are edible. The spines are very sharp!

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Reply Natal Plum in flower (Original post)
CaliforniaPeggy Jul 2020 OP
Karadeniz Jul 2020 #1
CaliforniaPeggy Jul 2020 #2
flamin lib Jul 2020 #3
CaliforniaPeggy Jul 2020 #6
CrispyQ Jul 2020 #4
CaliforniaPeggy Jul 2020 #7
Talitha Jul 2020 #5
CaliforniaPeggy Jul 2020 #8

Response to CaliforniaPeggy (Original post)

Mon Jul 27, 2020, 05:38 PM

1. Yikes! I see those spines! Love simple flowers!

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Response to Karadeniz (Reply #1)

Mon Jul 27, 2020, 05:44 PM

2. The spines are truly scary, my dear Karadeniz!

We have these bushes as a hedge against the back border of our lot. Anyone trying to climb the fence back there is in for a nasty surprise!

The flowers and their incredible scent make up for that.

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Response to CaliforniaPeggy (Original post)

Mon Jul 27, 2020, 06:03 PM

3. Well done peg!

I'd like something like that for my place. Unfortunately the deer would eat it to the ground.

I'm seriously considering cultivating Bull Nettle for the front yard. It blooms from early spring through summer and ain't nothin' gonna' eat that! Or even get close to it.

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Response to flamin lib (Reply #3)

Mon Jul 27, 2020, 07:20 PM

6. Thanks so much, my dear flamin lib!

Would they eat it with the spines? Those are unbelievably sharp and they are everywhere!

Bull Nettle sounds like a much more tenacious plant. Nettles have a fearsome reputation, IIRC.

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Response to CaliforniaPeggy (Original post)

Mon Jul 27, 2020, 06:04 PM

4. Lovely blossom!

Wish I were there to smell it!

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Response to CrispyQ (Reply #4)

Mon Jul 27, 2020, 07:21 PM

7. Thanks so much, my dear CrispyQ!

I wish you were too!

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Response to CaliforniaPeggy (Original post)

Mon Jul 27, 2020, 06:48 PM

5. Such a beautiful flower!

Do you eat the fruit, or do the Birds beat you to it?

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Response to Talitha (Reply #5)

Mon Jul 27, 2020, 07:23 PM

8. Ah, thank you so much, my dear Talitha!

I don't seem to usually notice when there are fruits, so the birds probably get them. Maybe the squirrels too.

I'm glad to let the wild creatures have the bounty.

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