Berberis vulgaris
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Berberis vulgaris


  family berberidaceae 
  genus berberis 

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Genus  Berberis Species  vulgaris Variety  Cultivar  Common names  barberry   berberis Family  BERBERIDACEAE Specimen number  S8676 Data source  DyePl p67;DyePl p58;GrUnFr p35-37;MedPl p175;Frgnt p117
Life cycle
Life form  Terrestrial Life cycle  Woody perennial Life span  5 - 20 years Annual cycle  Evergreen Stature  Shrub Growth form  Various Growth habit  Not applicable Overall height  8' - 10' Overall spread   
Sunshine  Various Water  Various Optimal soil texture  Various Acceptable soil pH  Various USDA hardiness  Not classified AHS heat zones  Not classified Sunset climate zones  Not classified
Suitable for gardens  no Nursery  Unknown Compost  no Size at acquisition  Unknown Garden location  Unknown Garden notes  Berberis vulgaris has overpowering perfume scented flowers. The leaves of Barberry (also known as berberis) have been used in traditional fabric dyeing. Red-yellow and red-yellow are common colors produced with this plant. Barberry was used in Bosnia and Herzegovina for dyeing.
Special qualities
Tolerates drought  no Tolerates high humidity  no Tolerates seaside conditions  no Insect resistant  no Disease resistant  no Deer resistant  no Best uses    Symbiosis  Attracts butterflies  no Attracts hummingbirds  no Autumn foliage  no Colorful berries  no Desirable qualities    Other interest    Other interest color  Other interest period   
Adverse factors
Common pests  Poisonous parts  Poisonous indications  Internal poison  no Dermatologic poison  no Livestock poison  no Mechanical injury  no Hay fever pollen    Hay fever season    Adverse qualities   
Herbal medicine
Medicinal properties  cholagogue   digestive antiseptic   liver tonic   astringent   antidiarrheal   emollient Medicinal parts  Stem bark   Root bark   Berries Has medicinal uses  yes Do not self-administer  yes Do no use if pregnant  no Legally restricted  no Toxicity precautions  Medicinal notes  The fruit is oval in shape, scarlet in color. It has a very high acid content. Berberis vulgaris is most often used in preserves. Barberry (sometimes called berberis) is most commonly used pickled. This plant has herbal applications as a cholagogue, as a digestive antiseptic, as a liver tonic and as an astringent. See the medicinal properties section for even more traditional herbal uses. This species is only to be administered with proper professional knowledge. The stem bark together with the root bark and the berries are considered to be the valuable parts by the herbalist.
Traditional uses
Parts used  Traditional uses  Contemporary uses  Fragrance  overpowering up close, pleasant from a distance Fragrance parts  Flowers Fragrance intensity  Overpowering Fragrance category  Perfume Dye parts  Leaves Dye color  red-yellow,black
Propagule  Various Pollination method    Planting style    Crop spacing    Row spacing    Cold frame  Planting period    Harvesting period    Frost tolerance    Heat requirement    Fertilizer  Typical Time to harvest 
Is edible  yes Culinary uses  Preserves   Pickled Nutritional value  Edible parts  Fruit Description of edible parts oval in shape, scarlet in color Flavor / texture  has a very high acid content
Horticulture notes  Berberis vulgaris most likely originates from Norway, Bosnia and Herzegovina, North Africa and Barbary Coast.
Tag needs printing  no Collection notes  Berberis vulgaris is a woody perennial. Barberry (locally known in some parts as berberis) is evergreen.

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