Boxthorn / Goji Berry (Lycium barbarum)
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Boxthorn / Goji Berry (Lycium barbarum)

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Boxthorn is a deciduous, fully hardy shrub that bears the typically pale-violet blossoms of Solanaceae. For a long time, it had only been used as a decorative plant and for soil fortification on the central reservations of German motorways until the health-promoting effect and edibility of the berries became known to a broader audience.
The sweet red goji berries of boxthorn are mainly used dried and taste similar to raisins. In China (their original home), they are considered as a nourishing tonic and a mild aphrodisiac. Boxthorn is a medicinal plant of TCM (= Traditional Chinese Medicine). The berries are used for the strengthening of the yin.

In Germany, the goji berry belongs to the so-called 'Superfoods' due to its very high concentration of vital substances. The berries are eaten fresh or dried in cereals, yogurt, or in smoothies.

The root system can be very invasive as soon as the plant has established itself. The strong formation of offshoots can only be hindered with a rhizome barrier. For that reason, boxthorn is also often used for the fortification of slopes.

Lycium barbarum seeds, content: Approx. 100 goji berry seeds
Details: Plant description & care
Plant family:
Plant height approx.:
2 – 4 m
Flowering time:
Flower colour:
Root system :
Forms runners / sproutsRhizome
Lifecycle :
Shade full sun
Sowing & cultivation
Indoor pre-culture (seedling stage):
Sowing time outdoors:
Sowing depth:
0.5 cm
Best germination temperature :
15 – 20 °C
Germination time in days:
14 – 21
Planting distance:
100 cm
Main harvest:
Perennial, lignifying plant. Sowing: The small seeds are taken from the fruits and either sown directly outdoors after the last frosts or pre-cultured indoors. It can take 3-5 years until the plant bears fruits for the first time.

Image source:
Paul Gross (paul144) and Richard Zhang, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons
Other names
Botanical name:
boberella halimifoliajasminoides flaccidumlycium barbarumteremis elliptica
German names:
chinesische wolfsbeeregemeiner bocksdorngemeiner teufelszwirngewöhnlicher bocksdorngoji–beerehexenzwirn
English names:
barbary matrimony vinechinese boxthornchinese wolfberryduke of argyll's tea plantduke of argyll's tea treehimalayan gojimatrimony vinemede berrymuralired medlartibetan goji
French names:
lyciet communlyciet de barbarie
Spanish names:
artoartosbayas de gojicambroneracambronera de berberíacambronerascambronerocambroscambróncerezas de gojiescambroneraespino cambróngojilycium
Italian names:
bacche di gojigoji
Item number
Magic Garden Seeds
Seed quantity:
100 Pcs.


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