Carissa grandiflora, commonly called Natal Plum, and found in the Apocynaceae family is a native of South Africa. Stop by the Tucker greenhouse, enter the Desert room, and immediately smell the Natal Plum’s perfumed scent……it’s lovely. This plant is quite drought tolerant. The Tucker greenhouse specimen has never produced any plums, but I’ve learned that they are edible.
Like most members of the Apocynaceae, or Dogbane family, the Natal Plum has white, sticky sap that can be toxic. The plant itself can grow to heights of 5.5 meters, and it has double-pronged thorns almost 5cm in length.