In the Wild
Fremont’s Wolfberry (Lycium fremontii)
*Also known as desert thorn and thornbush
This member of the nightshade family (Solanaceae) blooms in the Desert Southwest and southern California. The thicket-forming wolfberry grows about five feet tall and six feet wide. Its succulent leaves are spatulate shaped and share branches with thorns. The tubular, five-petaled flowers range from lavender to purple. In the summer, the flowers give way to reddish-orange fruit, which look like cherry tomatoes.
Place a handful of flowers on your altar to invite new friendships and loyalty into your life. Make a sachet of dried flowers to place under your pillow for dream work and to help manifest your dreams. Tie a small piece of black ribbon in each of the cardinal directions on the branches of a wolfberry bush as you ask for its protection. Also, the thorns can be used for protection and defensive magic.
Wolfberry is associated with the element water.