Lycium barbarum L.
Coefficient of Conservatism: *
Coefficient of Wetness: 5
Wetness Index: UPL
Physiognomy: Ad Shrub

Lycium barbarum R. W. Smith

Apparently a native of Asia, widely cultivated (e.g., for hedges, because of the thorns) and occasionally escaped to disturbed ground, including roadsides, railroads, sites of old buildings, and dry open fields. First collected in 1882 in Kent Co.

As now recognized, this species includes L. halimifolium Mill. The corolla lobes in our specimens run ca. 4–7 mm long, a bit longer than often stated. Selections of this species especially are now popular among health food devotees for the fruit, known as Goji Berries.


Allegan County
Berrien County
Cheboygan County
Gratiot County
Ingham County
Jackson County
Kent County
Leelanau County
Lenawee County
Oakland County
Ottawa County
St. Clair County
Washtenaw County
Wayne County


MICHIGAN FLORA ONLINE. A. A. Reznicek, E. G. Voss, & B. S. Walters. February 2011. University of Michigan. Web. October 6, 2022.