Common names: tortoise berry (English).
Botanical name: Muraltia spinosa
The tortoise berry, Muraltia spinosa, is a beautiful and versatile shrub that produces masses of purple, pink or white flowers from autumn to spring, followed by edible red fruits that are enjoyed by tortoises and birds. It has spiny foliage that adds interest and texture to the garden. It is also a water-wise and hardy plant that can grow in various conditions, including coastal, frosty and dry areas. The tortoise berry has medicinal and nutritional value, as its leaves and stems can be used to treat various ailments and its fruits are rich in Vitamin C. It is an ideal plant for rockeries, slopes, borders and fynbos gardens.
Nature & Cultivation
Use as Medicine
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