Also known as
Red Num-Num, Fork-Spined Carissa, Y-Thorn Carissa, Lemoenbessie, Lemoendoring, Noem-Noembessie, Isibethankunzi, Isabetha
Carissa bispinosa Uniondale 1168 by JonRichfield (CC BY-SA 3.0)
This plant has a strong fragrance
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Forest Num-Num Overview
This tree-like shrub is found in most parts of South Africa, but grows particularly well in coastal areas. It is a beautiful ornamental garden feature as it bares pleasantly sweet smelling white flowers. The small red berries can be eaten raw and fresh or used to make deliciously sweet jellies and jams. Beware of the large thorns that are carried on the ends of the branches. This is a common feature plant. ZA Distribution: Eastern Cape, Gauteng, KwaZulu-Natal, Limpopo, Mpumalanga, North West, Western Cape.
Common problems with Forest Num-Num
Scale or fungus may become present if the plants are grown in shade.
How to harvest Forest Num-Num
Harvest edible berries from Autumn to Spring.
How to propagate Forest Num-Num
Sow seeds during autumn months
Special features of Forest Num-Num
Can survive some periods of time with little watering.
Attracts useful insects
Butterflies and honeybees feed off of the nectar that is produced by the flowers.
Often used as a hedge as the shrubs are quite wind resistant.
Some birds may be attracted by the nectar that is produced by the flowers.
Other uses of Forest Num-Num
Indiginous people use the plant's roots to treat tooth decay.
The entire berry including skin, flesh and seed are edible. Berries can be eaten raw or used to make jams and jellies.