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Capparis (Caper)

Caper plants are small, spreading shrubs, eventually reaching one meter in height. Their flower buds are picked before they open and conserved in vinegar and salt (caper) and widely used in the Mediterranean cookery. The nice flowers are born on first-year branches. Young plants should preferably be grown under frostfree conditions, where they should be kept drier, very sunny and cooler at minimum 5°C in winter. Older, mature plants with a wooden rootstock may be planted in a rocky soil, very well drained in full sun in a protected spot in the open garden (e.g. at the bottom of a south facing wall).
Prior to sowing soak seeds for 48h in warm water, then sow flat in any well drained, rather rock soil in full sun at 20-25°C. Germination in this genus is irregular. Keep seedlings always sunny in a slightly moist soil. Ideal pot plants in a cool, sunny wintergarden.
All are USDA Climate Zone 7.
20 seeds per package.
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Capparis spinosa

Capparis spinosa

30 (100)cm, Caper, bluish green leaves, oval, slightly succulent leaves on spiny branches. White flowers with nicely contrasting rose to purplish sepals. Native throughout the central and W Mediterranean region, growing in dryish rock crevices and stone walls. V-VIII.
20 seeds per package.

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seed package 2153 € 3,99
Capparis spinosa (Caper, ex Cyprus)

Capparis spinosa (Caper, ex Cyprus)

50 (120)cm, Caper in a form from a population found close to the town of Perikklishia (Cyprus) at some 350m with most ornamental bluish green, oval leaves on spiny branches. This form has white flowers with a pale rose heart and rather narrow caper fruits. For a rocky, well drained soil in a protected spot in full sun. Best grown under protective cold glass at a minimum of 5°C in winter, as this form is supposedly not reliably hardy enough in Central Europe. V-VIII.
20 seeds per package.

price (plus Shipping Costs)
seed package 6363 € 3,99
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Capparis spinosa (Caper, ex Lebanon)

Capparis spinosa (Caper, ex Lebanon)

30 (100)cm, Caper in a form from a population found close to the town of Beit ed Dine (Lebanon) at some 850m with most ornamental bluish green, oval leaves on very spiny branches. This very nice form has pure white flowers and elongated caper fruits. For a rocky, well drained soil in a protected spot in full sun. Best grown under protective cold glass at a minimum of 5°C in winter, as this form is supposedly not reliably hardy enough in Central Europe. V-VIII.
20 seeds per package.

price (plus Shipping Costs)
seed package 2154 € 3,99
Capparis spinosa ssp. rupestris (Balearic Caper)

Capparis spinosa ssp. rupestris (Balearic Caper)

100 (150)cm, Balearic Caper has bluish green, oval leaves on either spineless or few-spined annual branches formed from a perennial subterranean rootstock. It has large, showy white to pale rose flowers which are followed by elongated fruits. For any rich, very well drained substrate in a protected spot in full sun. Not reliably winter hardy in Central Europe, best grown in pots under frostfree conditions at a minimum of 5°C in winter with reduced watering. V-VIII.
20 seeds per package.

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seed package8031 € 3,99*
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Capparis spinosa var. inermis

Capparis spinosa var. inermis

30 (100)cm, Spineless Caper, same to the above, yet from coastal areas. Has slightly more succulent leaves and usually spineless branches. V-VIII.
20 seeds per package.

price (plus Shipping Costs)
seed package 2155 € 3,99