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Friday, August 31, 2012

Carissa macrocarpa - Natal Plum, Chinese Coins

Scientific name: Carissa macrocarpa
Synonym: Carissa grandiflora
Common name: Natal Plum, Big Num-Num, Chinese Coin
Chinese name: 大花假虎刺 Dà huā jiǎ hǔ cì (big flower fake tiger thorn)
Family: Apocynaceae
Origin: South Africa
Category: Evergreen shrub
Photo taken at: My home garden

How to grow
Light : Full to partial sun
Soil : Moist, well-drained
Water : Regular but can drought tolerant
Prune : To encourage more shoots, blooms and fruits.
Propagate : Softwood and semi-hardwood stem cuttings

Features : It is evergreen, ever-flowering. Flowers are fragrant. It can grow to about 2.5m tall. Plant parts have thorns, sharp edges and are poisonous.


  1. What is the Chinese name of natal plum? Thanks!

  2. I have already updated this post with the chinese name


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