Oregon Grape

Scientific Name:

Mahonia aquifolium

Type:

Shrub

Habitat:

Forest, high desert, riparian, etc.

Range:

Western North America

Status:

No listed status

This species is

NATIVE

to the Truckee Meadows.

Identification:

Oregon grapes are vertical shrubs that grow between 3 and 6 feet tall. These shrubs are green year round with 5 to 11 spiky edged leaflets. Oregon grapes produce blue or purple berries and have yellow flowers that form in clusters and bloom in April.

Fast Facts:

  • Oregon grape berries are edible and can be used in jellies or fermented to make wine.

  • Oregon grapes have many medicinal and other purposes, such as being used by indiegnous groups to make dyes.

  • Oregon grapes are readily cultivated as ornamental plants.

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