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Lycium barbarum

(Goji Berry)

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Goji is a sprawling shrub with long, flexible canes and clusters of small, grey-green leaves. The flowers are a brilliant royal purple and they appear in late spring/early summer along the length of the canes. They give way to juicy, bright red fruits that resemble small peppers. They grow sweeter as they mature on the plant. Goji plants continue to flower and produce fruit through the first heavy frost.The berries ripen from July to October in the northern hemisphere.


Those who consume these sweet, juicy berries immediately feel energetic and more focused than before. This is because goji berries contain antioxidants, B-vitamins and 18 amino acids which are all essential for reducing the amount of free radicals within the body. These free radicals cause fatigue and can potentially damage cells, which explains the revitalizing affects the antioxidants within the berry have. Goji berries also contain more C-vitamins than citrus fruits. C-vitamins are also essential antioxidants that decreases the blood serum percentage of harmful free radicals, such as molondialdehyde, which in turn prevents free-radical induced fatigue and aging.In Asian countries where they grow in abundance, goji berry juice and teas are commonly taken with meals. The population in these areas tend to have longer life spans and less heart problems in comparison with other regions of the world where such a diet does not exist. Their benefits to heart health result in the natural vasodilators present in the berry. Vasodilators are also a good treatment for sexual dysfunction in both males and females

Additional Information

Common Name Goji Berry
Botanical Name Lycium barbarum
Container/Amount 1 gallon
Plant Category Vine, Shrub
Evergreen or Deciduous Deciduous
Hardiness Zone 5a, 5b, 6a, 6b, 7a, 7b, 8a, 8b, 9a, 9b
Height to 8 ft.
Width to 12 ft.
Growth Rate Fast
Light Requirements Sun, Part-sun, Part-shade
Soil Condition Well-drained
Water Needs Average
Blooming Period June to August
Flower Color purple
Fragrance No
Foliage Color green
Berry Color Red
Deer Resistant No

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