Lycium barbarum scrambles over a hedge. London Road, Daventry.
20 June, 2017
Tuesday, 20 June 2017
The Duke of Argyll's Teaplant
I was strolling down Daventry's London Road earlier today when my attention was caught by a scrambling shrub, cascading over a hedge of hawthorn. It was Lycium barbarum, otherwise known as the Duke of Argyll's Teaplant. it is an untidy plant but can add interest to an otherwise 'ordinary' hedge. Despite being an introduction it is quite widespread and I have been familiar with it since my youth. Its curious name relates to a spot of confusion which arose way back in the 1730's when the 3rd Duke of Argyll, a keen plant collector, was sent a specimen of this shrub. It was incorrectly labelled Thea (Tea) and apparently he planted it as such.