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Mahonia haematocarpa (Red barberry)
Wasowski, Sally and Andy

Mahonia haematocarpa

Mahonia haematocarpa (Woot.) Fedde

Red barberry, Algerita, Red Oregon-grape

Berberidaceae (Barberry Family)

Synonym(s): Berberis haematocarpa

USDA Symbol: maha4

USDA Native Status: L48 (N)

A fragrant, roundish shrub, 3-8 ft. with stiff, erect branches, showy yellow flowers, green, prickly foliage purplish-red berries.


Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Shrub
Fruit: Purplish red 5-8 mm
Size Class: 6-12 ft.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: Yellow
Bloom Time: Feb , Mar , Apr , May , Jun


USA: AZ , CA , CO , NM , NV , TX
Native Distribution: E. Mohave Desert to w. TX & n. Mex.
Native Habitat: Grasslands; rocky slopes; mountain canyons

Growing Conditions

Water Use: Low , Medium
Light Requirement: Sun , Part Shade
Soil Moisture: Dry
Soil Description: Dry, rocky soils.
Conditions Comments: Not Available

From the National Organizations Directory

According to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is either on display or available from the following:

Santa Barbara Botanic Garden - Santa Barbara, CA
Texas Parks and Wildlife Department - Austin, TX


Bibref 995 - Native Landscaping from El Paso to L.A. (2000) Wasowski, S. and A. Wasowski

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Additional resources

USDA: Find Mahonia haematocarpa in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Mahonia haematocarpa in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Mahonia haematocarpa


Record Last Modified: 2009-02-20
Research By: TWC Staff

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