Mahonia nervosa

Scientific name: Mahonia nervosa



Common names: “Dull Oregon grape”

Plant Type: Evergreen shrub groundcover


Zone: 6-9

Light: Full sun – deep shade

Exposure: Sheltered

Soil: Slightly acidic humus rich soil high in organic matter

Moisture: Moist well drained – drought tolerant


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Plant Size: H 2′ W 4′

Leaf and Stem shape: Pinnate clustered leaves with several prominent spiny teethImage result for mahonia nervosa

Flower: Many bright yellow erect clusters followed by edible blue berry bunches

Maintenance: Low, does not respond well to pruning, best left alone, can groom out leaves

Landscape use: Woodland garden, containers, groundcover, erosion control, wildlife garden

Propagate: By seed and stolons

Pests & Disease: None in Victoria

*Deer resistant but bears eat the berries

♥Attracts hummingbirds

Comments: Edible berries with a tart flavour, native to the Pacific Northwest, shredded bark from the stems and roots was used to make a yellow dye, there are also some medicinal values in the bark and berries which can make a potent drug for liver, gall bladder and eye problems

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