Punica granatum

2007

Punica granatum

Pomegranate

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Nativity:

Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iran to the Himalayas in India

Growth Habit:

Large shrubs or small trees, pomegranates are deciduous species of the Lythraceae, the plant family that also includes crape myrtle and Cuphea.

Growing Requirements:

Pomegranates are drought tolerant and tolerate moderate frost (down to 14° F).

Features:

The seeds are covered with a brightly colored aril (usually red) that yields a tart juice. The juice is high in anti-oxidants and pomegranate juice products are enjoying an upsurge in popularity in the West. They have been cultivated for thousands of years in the Middle East and Mediterranean countries.

Where at Lotusland:

Forming a hedge at the entrance to the cactus garden flanking the hippocampus fountain.

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