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Capparis mitchellii – Wild Orange (plant)

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Capparis mitchellii is native to inland areas of northern Australia. It is a shrub from 3-4m tall, starting life as a thin spiky vine like plant before becoming tree like with age. Australia has 10-20 native Capparis species.

Related to the commercial caper (Capparis spinosa), the young flower buds can also be pickled like capers and the edible fruit eaten without preparation; some describe the flavour as like passion fruit with a kerosene after-taste (!) and other as barely edible with an astringent taste, and yet others as delicious. Obviously there is great individual variation. The leaves are palatable and well liked by stock and provide good shade. More info, click here.

Care and Cultivation of Capparis mitchellii

Likes a full sun position and well-drained soil. Will respond well to regular watering over the warmer months, even over colder months in most areas. Frost and extremely drought hardy.

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