Mahonia nervosa – Low Oregon Grape

Usually no more than 2’ high, this native evergreen is useful in native plantings. It does well in shaded areas but can tolerate sun if the soil is moist. Showy clusters of yellow blossoms in late winter are a source of pollen for native bees and honey for resident hummingbirds. Clusters of dark blue fruits appear in summer; they’re edible but very tart. It spreads by both seed and underground roots and is another one difficult to extricate from an area. Best to let it fill in and enjoy it.