Mexican Barberry (Mahonia gracilis)

Common Name Latin Name Plant Family
Mexican Barberry
Mahonia gracilis
Berberidaceae

None known

  • Medicinal Use

    None known

  • Edible Use

    The fruit of all members of the genus is edible either raw or cooked, though we do not know the quality of this species[K]. The ovoid fruit is produced in racemes and is up to 12mm long[200].

  • Cautionary Notes

    None known

Cultivation & Habitat

Seed –
Unlike most members of this genus, this species requires a dry, well-drained soil in a shady position[260]. It requires a position sheltered from strong or cold winds[202]. Plants are only hardy in the milder areas of the country, tolerating temperatures down to about -5¡c when fully dormant[260]. The young growth in spring can be damaged by late frosts. Hybridizes freely with other members of this genus. Plants in this genus are resistant to honey fungus[88].
South-western N. America – Mexico.

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