Capparis spinosa var. inermis is the plant that brings us the delicious capers commonly used in Mediterranean cuisine for their intense flavour.
Capparis spinosa var. inermis is the spineless form of the plant that brings us the delicious capers commonly used in Mediterranean cuisine for their intense flavour. It is a sprawling, evergreen shrub with thick, rounded leaves and gorgeous, butterfly-like, pure white flowers with long whisker-like stamens. Pick the unopened buds and salt or pickle them for your own recipes. You can also do the same with the berries and the leaves. Though hardy to zone 8 capers are generally untested in our wet winter climate. Protection in a dry location is probably necessary.
Common Name: Caper Bush
Family: Capparaceae (The Caper Family)
Zone Hardiness: 8-10
Light: Full Sun
Primary Bloom Colour: White/Cream
Secondary Bloom Colour: Green
Bloom Time: Summer
Soil Moisture: Dry, Drought Tolerant
Deer Resistant: Yes
BC Native: No
Native Habitat: Sandy and gravely soils and rocky habitats including rocky hillsides, cliffs, stone walls, rock crevices in coastal regions of the Mediterranean Basin.
Geogrpahical Origin: Europe and Africa - Europe and Western Russia
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