(Capparis spinosa var. canescens)
A hardy non-aromatic perennial with fleshy leaves and many
hooked thorns. The four petalled, large, sweet scented, white flowers
appear from May to August opening near sunset. Fruit a largish, globular
Grows all over the Island from sea-level to 2,800 ft particularly
in rocky places and often on old walls.
Uses and Properties
The unopened flower buds and young shoots of caper
are collected and preserved in olive oil and vinegar for use in salads.
The plant also has medicinal properties. Antiseptic, diuretic and tonic
properties are attributed to substances found in the flower buds and
roots. It can also be used against the common cold and in the treatment
of arteriosclerosis. Eye infections can be treated with an eye wash made