Wolfberry or Frutilla (Lycium fremontii) is a thorny, woody shrubs of varying ultimate size. Growth rate is moderate. Flowers are usually
small (1/2″ long) and pale pink to lavender in color. Flowering is sporadic throughout the year,
usually in response to rains. Fruit is an orange to red colored berry from 1/4-1/2″ long. The fruits are edible, tasting like a tart, salty tomato. In the fall flowers are a nectar source for both bees and butterflies, including the Funereal Duskywing, a skipper, Queen, and Monarch butterflies. The fruit, as well as the thick branching habit make the wolfberry an excellent bird-attracting plant. Full sun to light shade. Too much shad produces leggy growth and poor flowering. Low to moderate water needs once established. Prune carefully to control shape.