Dull Oregon Grape

Berberis nervosa
  • Hul’qumi’num Name: sunii’ulhp
  • Description: Low-growing evergreen shrub, up to 60cm tall. Leaves are shiny and leathery, often turning a beautiful red or gold in fall. Flowers are yellow, followed by blue berries.
  • Habitat: Dry to moist forests understories.
  • Harvest: Ripe blue berries are harvestable in early to mid summer.
  • Edibility: Berries are tart but tasty, best mixed with sweeter berries.
  • Fun Fact:  The berries have natural pectin, making them a great addition to jams an jellies. The rhizomes are yellow due to an alkaloid called Berberin, which is used in herbal medicine.

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