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Azima tetracantha

English: Needle-bush; Afrikaans: Speldedoring

Azima tetracantha - A dense and thorny shrub which would be even more effective than barbed wire when used as a security planting. The spines are carried in fours and a prick from them stings and burns unpleasantly. The growth habit is dense and scrambling. The hedge tends to open up underneath but pruning will keep it in shape. It coppices readily and spreads through underground runners. The flowers are insignificant and are followed by creamy-coloured berries. In folk medicine, the sap is used as a disinfectant. Plant in sun and feed with organic fertilizer or 3:1:5 for rapid growth.

- Azima tetracantha.

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