Skip

Caper Capparis spinosa

How to sow caper: Direct seed

Sun requirement for caper: Plant in Full Sun

Nobody is growing this yet. You could be the first!

The caper is a shrubby perennial plant native to the Mediterranean that is cultivated for it's edible flower buds, or capers. It has rounded, fleshy leaves and large white to pink flowers. Capers require semi-arid climates. They will die in temperatures below -6 ºC. The flower buds are harvested and pickled and used as seasoning in Mediterranean cuisine. If the caper bud is not picked, it flowers and produces a caper berry, which can also be pickled and eaten. Capparis spinosa is most commonly grown, but other Capparis species can also be cultivated for their buds or berries. Capers can be planted from fresh seeds gathered from ripe fruit. If using dried seeds, cold stratify before planting to aid germination and awaken seeds from dormancy. Capers can also be propagated from cuttings, but plants grown from cuttings are more susceptible to drought in the first few years.

photo of crop
ladybird

Predictions

Annual

living and reproducing in a single year or less

Height

90cm

Spread

120cm
grass

Photos

Caper crops

more photos »

Crop Map

Only plantings by members who have set their locations are shown on this map.

What people are saying about capers

Nobody has posted about capers yet.

Sign in or sign up to post your tips and experiences growing capers.

butterfly

How to grow capers

Scientific names

Capparis spinosa

Alternate names

Flinders rose

See who's planted capers

Caper harvests

Nobody has harvested this crop yet.

Find caper seeds

There are no seeds available to trade on Growstuff right now.

hose