Plantidote of the Day 2011-01-09
Oregon grape holly
This Pacific Northwest native was "discovered" by Lewis and Clark on their expedition. Not a fussy plant. It needs partial to full shade (zones 5-8). It supposedly blooms early Spring, so why is mine blooming now? Any way, the flower itself is long lived and then it's followed by blue berries which are edible, providing you add lots of sugar :) (think, pies, jam, wine) The deer don't eat it.
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