Barbados Gooseberry (Pereskia aculeata)

Common names:
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Botanical names:
Pereskia aculeata Accepted
Pereskia aculeata var. godseffiana Synonym

Also sold as:
Pereskia aculeata 'Godseffiana'

General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Shrub
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun to Partial Shade
Partial or Dappled Shade
Plant Height: 15-25 feet
Leaves: Good fall color
Unusual foliage color
Other: leaves are eaten as a vegetable if cooked.
Fruit: Edible to birds
Other: the fruit is eaten and used to make jelly etc...
Flowers: Showy
Flower Color: White
Other: strongly scented white flowers in clusters,followed by light yellow
Bloom Size: 2"-3"
Flower Time: Summer
Late summer or early fall
Underground structures: Taproot
Suitable Locations: Xeriscapic
Uses: Culinary Herb
Medicinal Herb
Salad greens
Will Naturalize
Edible Parts: Leaves
Eating Methods: Tea
Culinary Herb/Spice
Wildlife Attractant: Butterflies
Resistances: Humidity tolerant
Drought tolerant
Toxicity: Other: Leaves eaten as vegetables when cooked and fruit is also edible.
Propagation: Other methods: Cuttings: Stem
Other: contrary to other cacti this plant isn't a succulent,so cutting can be planted in a moist soil mixture immediately instead of being left out to dry a few days.
Containers: Suitable in 3 gallon or larger
Suitable for hanging baskets
Needs repotting every 2 to 3 years
Needs excellent drainage in pots
Miscellaneous: With thorns/spines/prickles/teeth


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Discussion Threads about this plant
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Small Orange Fruit with leaves attached at sides by bombastickid Apr 17, 2019 10:39 AM 3
ISO select Pereskia seeds by Jai_Ganesha Mar 13, 2020 9:58 PM 8
Anybody grow Pereskiopsis species for their own sake (not for grafting)? by Jai_Ganesha Sep 25, 2018 4:12 PM 9
Unidentified Plant/Fruit by Daspoit Apr 16, 2018 8:26 AM 17
Cactus and succulents chat by Baja_Costero Mar 30, 2020 7:10 AM 6,850
Identification help! by baileybee Feb 8, 2017 10:55 AM 6
Help identifying this? by DigginDirt Jun 30, 2016 8:01 PM 3
House plant in Minnesota by deburke47 May 30, 2012 9:47 PM 3
Help my leaf cactus is going to be leafless if i can't figure out what's wrong! by jojoe Jun 18, 2012 8:50 AM 19

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