Oregon Grape

Berberis (Mahonia) aquifolium

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Mahonia aquifolium (Oregon-grape or Oregon grape) is a species of flowering plant in the family Berberidaceae, native to western North America. It is an evergreen shrub growing to 1 m (3 ft) tall by 1.5 m (5 ft) wide, with pinnate leaves consisting of spiny leaflets, and dense clusters of yellow flowers in early spring, followed by dark bluish-black berries.

Hollyleaved Barberry or Oregon Grape 6

The Holly Leaved Barberry is also known as the Oregon Grape. The scientific name is Berberis (Mahonia) aquafolium. The Holly Leaved Barberry is a flowering plant, which mean that it grows flowers on it. It is part of the Barberry family. They grow purple berries and yellow flowers on the plant. The locations where it grows are Canada and the U.S - British Columbia, Alberta, Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana, California, Gorgia, Quebec, Ontario, Kentucky, Wisconsin, Michigan, and New York. It looks like a green plant with yellow buds that grow into purple blueberry-looking berries. The plant is medicinal and helps with eczema and psoriasis. The inner bark and roots can be used to make a yellow dye. Its favorite habitat is in gardens, parks, forests, and spread out in the wild. Humans harvest roots for medical uses.

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  1. (c) John Rusk, some rights reserved (CC BY), https://www.flickr.com/photos/john_d_rusk/14360034609/
  2. (c) Debbie Ballentine, some rights reserved (CC BY-ND), https://www.flickr.com/photos/dballentine/4862324796/
  3. (c) brewbooks, some rights reserved (CC BY-SA), https://www.flickr.com/photos/brewbooks/8110627712/
  4. (c) Thayne Tuason, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC), https://www.flickr.com/photos/thaynet/8652207705/
  5. Adapted by kristen_himm from a work by (c) Wikipedia, some rights reserved (CC BY-SA), http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Berberis_aquifolium
  6. Adapted by albuquerqueherbalism from a work by (c) kristen_himm, some rights reserved (CC BY-SA)

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Color yellow
Berry purple