Lycium, - so called because the original species was a native of Lycia.

Lycium barbarum. - Willow-leaved Lycium. - This is an ornamental climbing shrub, valuable for covering arbors, naked walls, etc. It grows from four to six feet in a season. The foliage is delicate, and the whole plant is covered with small, but handsome, violet flowers, from May to August. It will grow in almost any soil, and is easily propagated from cuttings and from suckers. In the shrubbery, it may be permitted to ramble at its pleasure, or trained to suit the fancy.