(This plant is not on the Australian Noxious Weed List.)
The Common Caper is a very variable shrub always growing near other Caper shrubs. It is a native of the Mediterranean region where it is found growing on rocky coastal areas and walls.
A small shrub growing 1m x 1m (3ft x 3ft) it is many branched and bears leaves that are thick, glossy, alternate, round to ovate in shape. The flowers are complete, showy, sweetly fragrant, with four sepals and four white to pinkish-white petals, many violet coloured stamens and a single stigma. The fruit is an orange-yellow, elliptical berry with sweet flesh and containing many black seeds. Both buds and berries are usually eaten pickled.
Capers are an important ingredient in Italian cooking and give dishes a distinctive flavour, but capers are not exclusive to Italian food and are consumed by most Mediterranean communities.
Caper plants prefer a position in full sun and a warm, temperate climate.
Offered is a packet of 20 seeds complete with propagation notes.
All seed is posted in bubble wrap protection.
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