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Gow Kee

Chu Chi, Matrimony vine, Box thorn

Solanaceae Lycium chinense Mill.

Source: Magness et al. 1971

This plant is listed here under vegetables because the tender leaves and shoots are used as pot herbs. The plant is a shrub with slender, arching branches which may reach up to 12 feet in length. Leaves are ovate to lanceolate, up to 3 inches long, bright green in color. Fruits are oblong up to near an inch in length. They are edible but rather tasteless. They are said to be eaten in Asia. In the U.S., the plant is grown to a limited extent by oriental gardeners for the leaves and tender stems.

Last update February 18, 1999 by ch