Afrikaans: Wilde apeliefie
English : Winter cherry
Description and diagnostic features
This bush grows up to two metres high. It makes furry leaves. The most characteristic feature are the little red berries in a white cape. Just like the cape gooseberry but miniature. The little birds love the berries and can be seen feasting in the late afternoons.
The leaves and root bark.
It is widely distributed in southern Africa and into India where it is known as ashwaganda and considered an adaptogenic. Because it is frost sensitive you will always see it growing higher up on hills among the big rocky outcrops where the heat given off by the rocks prevent freezing temperatures.
It grows easily from seed that has been in leaf litter for a while. It grows in frost protected areas. In some parts of S Africa it was considered a weed until heavy use reduced its numbers drastically.