Since the early 21st. century this member of the nightshade family has been commonly called the goji berry in the English speaking world, probably a simplification of the Mandarin name of the plant. It has been used medicinally throughout Asia for centuries and by the Chinese for at least 1900 years. Many legends and festivals are associated with this very healthy berry.
Sun: Full to 1/2 day sun
Years to fruit: 1-2
Height at maturity: 6-8 feet
Yield: Up to 1 quart
Crimson Star (Lycium barbarum)
This variety is grown commercially in Northern China. The tasty large and juicy berries can be eaten fresh or dried, used for wine or juice, brewed in a herbal tea or prepared as a tincture.
Fruit color: Bright red
Bloom color: Light purple, bell-shaped
Harvest time: Mid-summer to late fall
Min temp: --20 degrees
Pollenizers: Not needed