Evergreen, Edible fruit, Shrubs, Flowers
This Mediterranean native’s habit varies: it can sprawl, or become a dense, rounded shrub 5 ft. tall and wide. Leaves are deep green, nearly round, up to 2 in. across on vinelike, sometimes spiny branches. In late spring through summer, white, 2–3-in. flowers with showy brushes of lavender stamens rise on long stalks from every leaf base. They open at dawn, close in late afternoon. The pickled unopened buds are commercial capers.
Propagate from cuttings or seed (seeds are slow to sprout and grow). Tolerates poor soil but needs good drainage.
Native to California coast south of San Francisco Bay and to Channel Islands. Resembles A. lentifo...
Native mostly to Southern California. Broader, more leathery leaves than the species.
Native to Australia but naturalized in parts of the West and Southwest. Forms a dense, foot-high mat o...