Evergreen shrub native to the Pacific Northwest,
adapted to shade, poor rocky soil, and clay.
Leaves holly-like. Yellow highly-scented flowers in spring, blue-black clusters of berries in the fall, used to make wine, juice, jelly.The root is yellow and similar to goldenseal.
Used to stimulate liver function, and to treat psoriasis, indigestion, herpes, bronchitis, sinus problems. Has been used to treat questionable water when travelling and to ameliorate its effects.
BOTANICAL NAME Mahonia aquifolium
Seeds need a moist chilling period in a dark place before they will sprout-a jar with something moist (moss, cotton), but not wet stored in the refrigerator (not freezer) for 90 days will do this. Please see the information sheet sent with your order. Start in flats for first year, then transplant to a large pot for another year, then plant. Likes a semi-shaded position, with woodland soil such as under trees, where some light comes in on the edge of the trees. Does not require too much fertility.
GROW BIOINTENSIVE® CULTURAL INFORMATION: Zones 4-8 /Height 5'/Matures 4 yrs