Capparis spinosa var. nummularia – Coastal Caper

Picture provided by Philip Clarke, from his new book Discovering Aboriginal Plant Use: Journeys of an Australian Anthropologist

This is a great bush tucker plant, growing to a medium sized dense shrub, and also can be grown as an ornamental, being a handsome plant although best suited to tropical and coastal areas of Northern Australia. Grows naturally around the coast and inland along rivers and creeks in rocky soils in WA, NT and QLD.
This is a native Australian relative of the well-known caper bush, the ripe fruits are delicious and the flower buds can also be pickled. The large white flowers have a delicate scent as well. The plant is butterfly attracting. The fruit is ripe when it turns orange and the skin begins to split.
Likes water during dry times of year. Sensitive to frost.

Family : Capparaceae
Cultivar Name:
Plant Type : Small shrub, Large shrub
Width : 1.5
Flowering Time : All year
Soil Type : Sandy, Sandy loam, Poor soil
Climate Zone : Tropical, Sub-tropical, Warm temperate, Semi-arid, Arid
Growth Habit : Evergreen, Dense foliage
Soil Moisture : Dry, Well-drained
Special Uses : Edible, Erosion control
Scientific Name: Capparis spinosa var. nummularia
Common Name : Coastal Caper
Height : 2
Flower Color : White, Cream
pH Level : Neutral
Plant Environment : Low maintenance garden, Container growing, Flower garden, Coastal garden, Drought resistant
Light : Sunny
Lifespan : Perennial
Frost Tolerance : Tolerates light frost
Attracts Wildlife : Butterflies