Tall Oregon Grape

Berberis aquifolium
  • Hul’qumi’num Name: luluts’ulhp
  • Description: Evergreen shrub, up to 3m tall. Leaves are shiny, leathery, and pinnately divided, often turning a beautiful red or gold in the winter. Flowers are bright yellow.
  • Habitat: Dry, open forests and coastal bluffs.
  • Harvest: Glaucous blue berries are ready in 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 and jellies. The rhizomes are yellow due to an alkaloid called Berberine, and are used in herbal medicine.

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