Capparis spinosa var. nummularia – Coastal Caper

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 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.
Likes water during dry times of year. Sensitive to frost.

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

Scientific Name:Capparis spinosa var. nummularia
Common Name:Coastal Caper
Other Common Names:Wild Passionfruit
Plant Type:Small shrub, Large shrub
Height:1 ~ 2 metre
Width:1 ~ 1.5 metre
Flower Colour:White, Cream
Flowering Time:All year
Ph Level:Neutral
Soil Type:Sandy, Sandy loam, Poor soil
Plant Environment:Low maintenance garden, Container growing, Flower garden, Coastal garden, Drought resistant
Climate Zone:Tropical, Sub-tropical, Warm temperate, Semi-arid, Arid
Planting Season:Spring
Growth Habit:Evergreen, Dense foliage
Threats:White caper caterpillars
Soil Moisture:Dry, Well-drained
Propagation Method:Seed, Semihardwood cutting
Frost Tolerance:Tolerates light frost
Plant Usage:Fragrant
Special Uses:Edible, Erosion control
Attracts Wildlife:Butterflies



Angus recommends Bush Tucker fertiliser for native plants