|Known Hazards:||None known|
|Edibility Rating (1-5):||0||Medicinal Rating (1-5):||1|
|Epithets:||From a Dictionary of Botanical Epithets|
|ferox = fierce (spiny);|
|Systematics:||From a UDSA Plants Database|
|Order: Rhamnales. Buckthorn family|
A decidious shrub. . The flowers are hermaphrodite (have both male and female organs). We rate it 0/5 for edibility and 1/5 for medicinal use.
The plant prefers light (sandy) and medium (loamy) soils, requires well-drained soil and can grow in nutritionally poor soil. The plant prefers acid, neutral and basic (alkaline) soils. It cannot grow in the shade. It requires moist soil.
Habitats and Possible Locations
Woodland, Sunny Edge, Dappled Shade.
We have very little information on this species and do not know if it will be hardy in Britain, though judging by its native range it could succeed outdoors at least in the milder parts of this country. The following notes are based on the general needs of the genus. Grows well in a sandy freely draining loam where it flowers freely in a sunny position
Seed – we have no information for this species but suggest sowing fresh seed as soon as it is ripe in a greenhouse and stored seed as early in the year as it is received. When they are large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and grow them on in the greenhouse for at least their first winter. Plant them out in late spring or early summer, after the last expected frosts. Cuttings of half-ripe side shoots, 5 – 8cm with a heel, July/August in a frame