Carissa edulis, also known as the Natal plum, is a species of flowering plant in the Apocynaceae family. It is native to South Africa, where it grows in coastal areas and in low-lying forests.
Carissa edulis is a shrub or small tree that can grow up to 3 meters in height. It has glossy, dark green leaves and produces fragrant, white or pink flowers in the spring and summer. The fruit is a red or dark purple berry that is edible and has a sweet and slightly tart taste.
In traditional medicine, various parts of Carissa edulis have been used to treat a range of ailments, including stomach disorders, fever, and respiratory infections. The fruit is also used to make jams, jellies, and wines.
Carissa edulis is a hardy plant that can tolerate a range of soil types and conditions. It is often grown as an ornamental plant in gardens and can also be used for hedging. It is relatively easy to propagate from seed or cuttings.