Saturday, May 17, 2008

Star Flowers of Natal Plum

Carissa macrocarpa 'Boxwood Beauty'

The pure white, simple flowers of Natal Plum have a wonderful fragrance, but it does not carry. You have to get in close to get a whiff. All parts of this plant are poisonous, except for the edible fruits, but only after they are ripe. I still haven't tried them--too scared!

The dwarf cultivar, 'Boxwood Beauty', is supposed to be thornless, but I can attest to the fact that it does have thorns, and they are brutal! To read more about this great little shrub, see a previous post about it.


WiseAcre said...

I don't think I'd try eating the fruit either. I'm happy just looking at the flower.

kate smudges said...

That is a beautiful bloom ... still admiring your figs from a previous post. Your views, from both the front and back doors, are gorgeous. CCR brings back memories.

-AG- said...

I have eaten 2 of the natal plums. They are quite different. They taste like a combination of, green newly forming apples several months from picking, and bing cherries rolled into something the texture of a roma tomato. They aren't bad per-se, but I'll stick to other more conventional fruits. I have read numerous times that if you cook them like cranberries and with some sugar they make an excellent relish, but I never have enough to try that.


Julie said...

The character of these flowers make me think of the white gardenia blooms, only more open, elongated petals...just looking at it makes you think it smells devine!!!