Goji Berry

Goji Berry

(Lycium barbarum)

There has been a lot of buzz about this plant from China and Mongolia. The berries are reported to have a very high level of antioxidants, especially carotenoids, and can help the body adjust to stress and change.

Coming from high altitudes, the plant is hardy, easy to grow and maintain, and drought tolerant once established.  Goji  plants can grow in a range of soils but prefer well-drained – they won’t grow in wet conditions.

They can survive the range of temperatures found on the Prairies and like most fruit plants, they prefer full sun.  Plants are large shrubs that grow 7-10 ft tall.  Pruning will keep the plant shorter and thicker and produce more flowers and fruit.  The numerous trumpet-shaped flowers seen in early summer develop into bright red berries by late summer.  Flowering and fruiting will continue until the first heavy frost.  Plants flower the year after planting with maximum fruit production in the 4th or 5th year.


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  • Flower: Trumpet shaped
  • Fruit: Bright red berries. It is reported to have high levels of antioxidants
  • Other: Maximum fruit production in the 4th or 5th year


  • Height: 7-10ft.
  • Soil: Grows in a wide range of soils but prefers well-drained soil
  • Pruning: Pruning will keep plant shorter and thicker and produce more flowers and fruit
  • Other: Easy to grow and maintain
    • Drought tolerant once established
    • From China and Mongolia
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