Low Oregon Grape- sx̌ʷiac - (Mahonia nervosa)
With prickly, papery leaves that display in an almost fern-like manner the Low Oregon Grape makes for an attractive ground cover or as a bordering plant in a woodland garden. Late spring and long-blooming flowers are a golden-yellow with nectar that hummingbirds adore which are followed by clustered blue berries in late summer. The berries are thoroughly enjoyed by birds and small mammals and are edible for humans. Their tart flavor makes them great for mixing with other sweeter berries for wine and jelly. Native Americans have used the roots as a medicinal tea and as a yellow dye. Low Oregon Grape is wonderfully medicinal, from roots to berries. The roots are antimicrobial and rich in berberine, known to lower high blood sugar.
*Prefers partial shade, tolerant of full sun and full shade
* Prefers dry to moist soil, drought tolerant once established
*Suitable landscape in a woodland garden, along pathways, and as a bordering plant.
*Slowly grows up to approximately 2 to 3 feet in height, with a three-foot spread with underground rhizomes
*Sold Bare Root
*Sold in bundles of 5
sx̌ʷiac *Lushootseed provided by the Puyallup Tribal Language Program and audio by Chris Briden, Puyallup Tribal member.