Funky Florida Flora – Jamaican Caper

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One of my favorite Florida natives (people not included) started to flower last week, the Jamaican Caper (Capparis cynophallophora). This plant is related to the culinary caper, but is not edible for humans – though birds enjoy the fruit. One of the interesting things about this plant is the flowers start white and the next day turn purple.

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The different colors make for a more colorful show and contrast nicely with the olive green and brown backed evergreen foliage. If you look closely at the foliage you can tell something has been munching on it. This is also a host plant for the Florida White Butterfly, many have stayed in my garden after starting life on the Jamaican Caper.

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The Jamaican Caper is reported to be a large shrub/small tree. I think it must be fairly slow growing as I have had one several years and it is only 3 feet tall. Although, my husband ran over it with the lawn mower and I moved it during the dry season.

This is a pretty good plant.

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13 comments on “Funky Florida Flora – Jamaican Caper

  1. Eliza Waters says:

    Very Sputnik-looking flower! 🙂

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  2. It is a plus to change colors. The color change reminds me of Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow shrub.

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  3. Chloris says:

    Wow, that it unusual. I’ve never seen anything like it.

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  4. What a stunning picture! I’d never heard of that flower/shrub/tree.

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